Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. Luke 9:1-2, KJV.
In chapter 8 of Luke’s gospel, Jesus had taught a parable to the disciples concerning the four different types of people that would hear the Gospel, followed by an explanation of the parable (Luke 8:4-15).
This passage should be studied thoroughly and carefully, to understand that the success of the Great Commission is not based on the numbers of people that are won to Christ, because our Lord stated that numbers were not the primary focus of the Gospel, but rather our obedience to Christ’s command to be a witness for Him.
Jesus revealed that not everyone the disciples would speak to would welcome the Gospel, but it would be a seed sown into their lives and this is important to remember regarding our obedience to fulfilling the Great Commission.
We may not win every soul to Christ, but we are to be obedient to Jesus’ command, to preach the Gospel to every soul.
If Jesus had not told the disciples about the many people whom would hear the Gospel and reject the message of the kingdom of God, they would have been incredibly frustrated seeing no one turn from their sins to follow Christ. They may have given up and felt that Jesus was not truthful about the supposed success they should experience as they declared to others the Messiah had come.
But thankfully, He revealed that while many would either reject or even fall away from the faith, there would be those few that would become devoted and wholeheartedly committed to faith in Christ as they were.
Should we be excited about masses of people that may come to faith in Christ? We certainly can be, but we should be even more excited to rejoice over the one sinner whom we share the Gospel with that repents and trusts in Christ for their eternal salvation (Luke 15:7-10).
Don’t be discouraged when you share the Gospel with four people on a particular day and no one repents of their sins and trusts in Christ for their eternal salvation. Be encouraged to remember that you’ve been obedient to Christ’s command to be His witness to the world with the message that is about Him!
Our concern should not be who will hear, but more importantly that we will go so that someone may hear.
And while there certainly will be someone else who will go, it should not be left to someone else as their obligation to fulfill what Jesus gave as a commandment to all.
The obligation belongs to all and our fulfillment of the Great Commission is a reflection of our obedience or disobedience, to Christ and His command.