Without faith it is impossible to please Him . . . —Hebrews 11:6
The world is divided into those who operate by “common sense” and those who operate on “faith.”
Faith can be mistaken enthusiasm and narrow-mindedness, and common sense is often a mistaken reliance on reason as the basis for truth. The life of true Faith brings the two of these into the proper relationship. Common sense operates in the natural. When one moves from common sense in the natural he is being impulsive. In the spiritual, where faith operates, actions are not based on “common sense” and what is “inspiration” may appear as impulsiveness. The teachings of Jesus Christ turn common sense on it’s head, but it is revelation truth. Faith, which can appear silly and unreal to the natural man, when applied and put to the test becomes real in your life.
The life of faith says, “Lord, You have said it, it appears to be irrational, but I’m going to step out boldly, trusting in Your Word” (for example, see Matthew 6:33
). Faith is the entire person in the right relationship with God through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Step out in Faith and discover the wonderful world of Life in Christ.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations . . . —Matthew 28:19
In order to “make disciples” we have to “be disciples.” In fact, there is no other requirement for missionary service: we must BE His and His alone. Jesus Christ did not say, “Go and save souls” (the salvation of souls is the supernatural work of God), but He said, “Go . . . make disciples of all the nations . . . .” Yet you cannot make disciples unless you are a disciple yourself.
The challenge to the missionary does not come from the fact that people are difficult to bring to salvation, that backsliders are difficult to reclaim, or that there is a barrier of callous indifference. No, the challenge comes from the perspective of the missionary’s own personal relationship with Jesus Christ— do I know my risen Lord? Do I know the power of His indwelling Spirit? Am I wise enough in God’s sight, but foolish enough according to the wisdom of the world, to trust in what Jesus Christ has said? Or am I abandoning the great supernatural position of limitless confidence in Christ Jesus, which is really God’s only call for a missionary? If I follow any other method, I depart altogether from the methods prescribed by our Lord— “All authority has been given to Me . . . . Go therefore
. . .” (Matthew 28:18-19
If I am His I have an overwhelming compulsion to follow His command: to Go.