“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
The true fact among many Christians is that we too easily exclude ourselves from the accountability of these words of command.
Jesus gave this command for worldwide evangelism to His church, which he promised He would build (Mtt. 16:18). Originally this command was given to His few disciples, which have caused some to think, that small audience was the only audience that will be held accountable to obeying it. Others consider the Great Commission as a command for the zealous Christians but not for all. Still others are just plain indifferent and leave the work of world evangelism to the ‘professionals’ or to para - church organizations. These folk feel think this justifies their exclusion from the Great Commission’s accountability factor.
But there is nothing that excludes churches and individual believers from heeding the above command. We all must be involved. We all must participate in this Commission at some level or other. It may mean being sent to the frontline of the mission field. It may be in by your giving and praying. World evangelism is at the heart of what serving Christ is all about. I like how James Stewart once stated this: “The concern for world evangelization is not something tacked on to a man's personal Christianity, which he may take or leave as he chooses. It is rooted in the character of the God who has come to us in Christ Jesus. Thus, it can never be the province of a few enthusiasts, a sideline or a specialty of those who happen to have a bent that way. It is the distinctive mark of being a Christian.”
In other words a true Christian will have a heart for missions that will be seen in active obedience by participating, in the Great Commission.