In a mission conference, the banner across the front of the auditorium stated, “Don’t Take the ‘Go’ out of the Gospel.” We naturally find a myriad of excuses for why we cannot go to preach the gospel.
The resurrected Christ reiterated five times His final charge: “Go into to all the world.” Christ’s death on the cross was to be proclaimed around the world. There is no news more dramatic than this: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor 5:21).
God asked the question: “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’ He said, ‘Go and tell this people’” (Isa 6:8–-9). Was this written merely so we could appreciate Isaiah’s courage, or was it a glimpse into the perpetual heavenly issue? God is asking, “Who cares about our agenda for telling the world about Jesus?”
Paul wrote, “For I have no one like–minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:20–-21). Jesus is searching now, as He was when Isaiah overheard Him saying, “Who is like–minded to Our priorities? Who will care for the lost state of the people groups of the world? How can they not be committed to what their Savior is all about?”
The command in Mark 6:15 is to “urgently decide to preach the gospel.” The verb means “to herald, announce publicly, or publish.” This is not a reference to pulpit preaching, but to telling everyone personally. It is not restricted to gifted or salaried persons, but it is for everyone who knows the truth.
From the beginning in Galilee, these relatively poor Jewish businessmen were to “go into all the world,” which they naturally despised, to share the “gospel” (the word for “good news or message”) to the “whole creation” (“all that has been created, the whole of mankind”) (Rom 1:14). There is no acceptable excuse not to go. Tell Him, “Here am I. Send me,” and see what God does in your life.
“Thank You, Father, that You will always be with Your children as we go and tell the message of Your salvation. You want the whole world to hear it, and it is our job to make sure it reaches the last tribe and nation.”