Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Mat 28:19
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. Col 1:28
The last 2 passages we have looked at lay out the scope of our mission. In very simple terms, here’s who our mission is to – everyone! Jesus speaks of all nations. Paul tells us to teach and admonish everyone so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. God has no favourites and does not give preferential treatment. As far as he is concerned, everyone needs Jesus and no one should be left out. In 1 Tim 2:3-4, Paul tells us that “God…wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth”.
So as we realise that everyday, we are on mission for Jesus, let us use as a starting point that every single person that we ever interact with is loved by God and that he wants them to know and receive his unfailing love and to live lives of purpose and significance for his Name’s sake. That’s our foregoing assumption as we approach any relationship or interaction. My wife, Rumby and I were stuck recently when we had some friends round for dinner when we realised that just about every story they told is about what they did to get someone who didn’t know Jesus a step closer to crossing the line of faith. We should never withdraw from, nor should we be apologetic about wanting to see all people saved – it’s what God wants and in fact, it’s very crucially a matter of life and death! So change the way you view all relationships and acquaintances. Ask God to help you realise and respond to the fact that everybody needs Jesus!