As I travel throughout the United States, I have the opportunity to meet many believers from all walks of life. There’s one recurring statement that I often hear in one way or another. That statement is, “I’m just not much of a preacher.” These seven words have dealt a massive blow to the heart of the mission to reach the world for Christ. Let me explain the magnitude of this statement. The words above are usually accompanied by an attitude of being undervalued. Many of the people that share this concern with me do not have an understanding of their incredible role in the Great Commission. In many ways, the tone of the church culture at large has given the average believer very little opportunity to understand their identity in Christ and the great value of their life in the plan of God. This tone has left many believers ill equipped and demotivated to allow God to use them in their personal walk of life.
According to Matthew 28:18-20, before Jesus ascended into heaven, he explained to His followers that all authority has been given to Him and gives them instructions on the next steps to the plan of God. We refer to this moment as the Great Commission. He says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the ends of the age.” One of the incredible things that happens in this moment is that Jesus commissions all of his followers. There is no account of this moment where He says “Let me get John and Peter over here. I can really trust the great anointing on your life.” Nowhere does He say, “Let me get the ones of you that are really sharp and intellectual.” The only qualification and indication of who is in the audience is that they are His disciples. The Great Commission was and still is the great plan of God to bring the message of Hope to the world. As disciples of Jesus, we are all brought into this mission!
While Ephesians 4:11-12 speaks of the five-fold ministry, every believer has a very specific role in the Great Commission. Although every believer is not called to a vocational ministry role, we can all have incredible impact in the places and roles that God has assigned to us. No believer has a greater role than another! Your role may be at a local business, doctor’s office, mechanic shop, warehouse, car dealership, or even in your own neighborhood. I like to use the term for this role as becoming a Lifestyle Evangelist. We are all carriers of the Good News. As we allow God to use us in this role, we will see many lives touched and changed by His power. God desires to use every believer to bring change and transformation to the people around them. Will you allow Him to use you? Will you be a lifestyle evangelist?.