The Great Commission: Not the Great Suggestion

Almost 2000 years after Jesus instructed His followers to reach the entire world, we still haven’t done it. 40% of the world is still unreached—and it’s not only because most Christians don’t have the guts to share Jesus, but also because most of them don’t even know that they should.

Every single day, over 75,000 unreached people die without hearing that God loves them so much that He sent Jesus to die for their sins.

And Jesus told us 2000 years ago to do something about that.


The Great Commission is the instruction that Jesus gave His followers to reach the entire world.

I’m begging to be pinned, just hover over me!

For Christians who obey it, it is the pulse pounding in their hearts that drives them to do what they do despite all odds; rejection, persecution, and in some places, the threat of execution.

The Great Commission is found in the following five places; the first five books of the New Testament:

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you …
(Matthew 28:18-20)

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every person. …
(Mark 16:15-20)

Then He said to them, “Thus it is written … repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
(Luke 24:46-48)

So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
(John 20:21)

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
(Acts 1:8)


He said to them. He spoke to them. Who is this “them”?


If you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you’re His follower; His disciple. And that’s exactly who He was talking to when He gave the Great Commission.

I’m begging to be pinned, just hover over me!

Jesus is talking to you!


Jesus told us to reach the entire world by telling others about Him; making disciples (Jesus-followers) of all nations.

When you tell someone about Jesus, you’re helping fulfill the Great Commission. When you get someone saved, you’re helping fulfill the Great Commission. When you volunteer to help out at church so your pastor can tell others about Jesus, you’re still helping fulfill the Great Commission!


Well, aren’t you smart! You guessed it.

Every Christian is told to fulfill the Great Commission. Not just the pastors. Not just the apostles. Not just the preachers.

Every Christian; the kiddos, the grandpas, the single moms, the people we might think are the least qualified.

God … has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
(2 Corinthians 5:18)

Not the pastors.

Not the preachers.

Not the evangelists.


But what if you’re not qualified? What if you haven’t been to Bible school? What if you’re young? What if you’re shy? How do we even do this? 40% of the world is a lot.

B O T T O M   L I N E :

Every Christian can help fulfill the Great Commission. Even you. God doesn’t play favorites. Jesus didn’t give certain specifications when He gave the Commission. You can help fulfill what Christians still have not done 2000 years later.

Stay tuned: next week we’ll address those “but I’m not qualified” arguments and find out just how every Christian can help fulfill the Great Commission.

By |2018-02-03T18:20:19-05:00February 12th, 2018|Butt-Kicking, Life Undefeated, Ministry|40 Comments

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I'm Madi: blogger, writer, doll collector, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more about me here and this blog here.


  1. Christina February 12, 2018 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Great job! Keep it up!

    • Madi February 13, 2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Christina!

  2. ?Hope? @agdolldreams February 12, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    AWESOME, Madi!!! This is totally what we should be doing. It dosen’t matter how old you are, you can always share Jesus!!!!!

    • Madi February 13, 2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Aww, thanks, Hope! YESSS, exactly!

  3. meandmydogsblog February 12, 2018 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Great post Madi! I’ve actually been thinking about ways I can share the gospel lately.


    • Madi February 13, 2018 at 2:13 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading, M&M! There are tons of ways.

  4. Bekah February 12, 2018 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Well said, Madi. ? Fabulous post!! ?

    • Madi February 13, 2018 at 2:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Bekah! 😀

  5. silverfoxstudios February 12, 2018 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    I really like these kinds of inspirational posts. You know how you love to kick the devil’s butt, well I was reading the bible and found a verse just for that. Go look up Luke 10:18. Tell me if that involves defeating the devil.

    • Madi February 13, 2018 at 11:34 am - Reply

      I’m so glad you like them! Ooh, Luke 10:18. That describes how the devil was cast out of Heaven. Not necessarily him being defeated, but Jesus talks about having defeated the devil in Revelation 1:18.

  6. AGs in Alaska February 12, 2018 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    This is great! Only 8% of all Alaskans are Christians. It’s really sad.

    • Madi February 13, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

      Thanks, AGs in Alaska! Aww, it is sad. One of my favorite evangelists — Debbie Rich — preaches in Alaska often.

  7. Kendall Henson February 12, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I love this! It is so true that many Christians have not done their part in spreading the gospel… I cannot wait for next week’s post!

    • Madi February 13, 2018 at 10:23 am - Reply

      It’s really sad, but the number of them sharing it is growing! Thank you so much, Kendall!

  8. Tess (blackiesunshine) February 12, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Wow am I seriously the first commenter? That’s crazy.
    I loved this post! It’s true. I love those fill-in-the-blank verses, they make things so personal. You’re absolutely right. Now’s the best time to spread what we know to those who don’t know it. Keep up the awesome work because you’re not slacking on your commission! XD

    • Madi February 13, 2018 at 10:22 am - Reply

      Me, too! “And Jesus said to Madi…” really hits me more than “them” even though I am “them”. XD Awww, thank you so much, Tess! XD

  9. kaitlynrh1 February 12, 2018 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    So true! Thanks for sharing, Madi!

    • Madi February 13, 2018 at 10:21 am - Reply

      Thanks so much, Kaitlyn!

  10. Emmie February 13, 2018 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    SO GOOD, MADI!!!!!!!!!

    • Madi February 14, 2018 at 9:49 pm - Reply


  11. Enni February 14, 2018 at 2:52 am - Reply

    You’re always absolutely stunning at these posts!

    • Madi February 14, 2018 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      Awww, you’re the sweetest, Enni! Thanks for commenting! <3

  12. Emily Justice February 14, 2018 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    Wow! Thanks so much for the post, Madi! You are so right that as Christians we haven’t done our part to spread the good news. This is a great reminder for me to keep doing my part and not give excuses. I’m excited for the next post! 🙂

    • Madi February 14, 2018 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Awww, thank you so much for reading and for commenting, Emily! For sure — when faced with a problem like this we can always make moves or make excuses. YAY! Thanks again, Emily! 😀

  13. Syd February 16, 2018 at 10:49 am - Reply

    So moving! This is so true! God gave us a mission, and it’s our job to complete it.

    • Madi February 20, 2018 at 5:05 pm - Reply

      Amen! It’s such an honor to fulfill what God calls us to do.

  14. Maddie February 17, 2018 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Great post, Madi!!!! I loved this one, you did BEYOND amazing explaining everything!!

    • Madi February 20, 2018 at 5:03 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you SO much, Maddie!

  15. Olivia Bell February 17, 2018 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    I’m telling you, Madi, your posts are the best! So inspiring and encouraging and they always speak right to me. I cannot wait for your next posts on those arguments, they will be so helpful for me! 😀

    • Madi February 20, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

      Awww, thank you so much, Livy! You are so encouraging! 😀

  16. Katie February 24, 2018 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    Awesome job Madi! I can’t wait until the next post! I’m kinda lost when it comes to how to spread the Word without pushing it. So I think the next post will help me a lot 🙂
    – Katie 🙂

    • Madi February 26, 2018 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Katie!

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  21. Elle January 2, 2020 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    Ahhhh this is so good!!!

    • Madi January 2, 2020 at 5:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for reading, Elle!!

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