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Vol.  10  No. 5 May 2008  Page 2
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Louis Rushmore


Only One Job!

By Louis Rushmore, Editor

    Jesus Christ, through direct instructions first to eleven apostles, only gave the church one job to do—not two, not three—just one job to do (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:4-8). We call that one job the Great Commission, a notable expansion of the target audience characteristic of what we call the Limited Commission (to the house of Israel, Matthew 10:5-6). “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15 emphasis added).

    Most cite a three-fold mission of the Lord’s church (i.e., edification, 1 Corinthians 14:12; evangelism, Matthew 28:19-20; benevolence, Galatians 6:10). Yet, forasmuch as the Lord’s church and the Christians who comprise it may have responsibilities that include edification and benevolence, it remains a fact that our Lord Jesus Christ only gave the church one job to do—to evangelize the world with the Gospel.

   Christians (the church) have the responsibility (and privilege) to worship God in his own appointed way (John 4:23-24), but Christians and the church only have one job to do—evangelize the world with the Gospel of Christ. Likewsie, Christians have responsibilities respecting Christian living (Titus 2:12) and Christian service (John 12:16; Hebrews. 12:28), but Christians still only have one job—take the Gospel to the world. Parents have parental responsibilities toward their children (Ephesians 6:4; 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15), but Christian parents still have only one job—tell others about the saving Christ of the saving Gospel.

    The Christian vocation is to evangelize the world with the Gospel. Evangelism is the lifeblood of the Lord’s church, without which the church of Christ will not have a physical presence in any community tomorrow where the church of today fails to tell others about the Gospel. Don’t the value of a single soul (Matthew 16:26) and the command given by our Lord to proclaim the Gospel (Mark 16:15; 2 Timothy 2:2) far outweigh many of things on which Christians and churches spend an inordinate amount of time and money (e.g., buildings, entertainment, creature comforts)? Noting that several individual Christians and a number of churches of Christ have a keen interest in taking the Gospel to the billions of souls that inhabit planet earth, how interested are the churches of Christ overall in doing the only job that Jesus Christ left for the church to do?

    Jesus Christ has given Christians and the Lord’s church only one job to do, that is, our sole (soul) vocation is evangelism. It’s all about saving souls (Hebrews 10:39; James 1:21; 1 Peter 1:9); nothing on earth matters more than the salvation of souls. Christians and congregations that exhibit no or little interest in taking the Gospel to the lost, near and far, are in great jeopardy of missing the joyful eternity in heaven with God, since one’s crown of life, in part, is dependent upon winning souls (Philippians 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 2:19). No Christian or church (group of Christians) has fought a good fight, finished its course or kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7) without giving due attention to taking the Gospel to lost souls. Have you made taking the Gospel of Christ to the lost world, directly or indirectly, your sole (soul) vocation, relegating everything else in life to avocation status?

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