Discuss the role of the leader’s character for motivating his people for the Great Commission. What should be his personal evangelism practices in fulfilling this role as the leader?
First, let us define the great commission as it is described in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Secondly, who is the verse speaking to? Jesus was speaking to the disciples at that moment encouraging them to what? Well, to make more disciples, which means that Jesus would indirectly be speaking to anyone who has chosen to “follow” Christ—you and me included.
So, when discussing the role of the leader’s character we need to understand that everyone is called to motivate people for the Great Commission. Now, this gets tricky because not everyone devotes their time and energy to God daily. Some are holiday worshipers, some are surface worshipers, and yet others dive deep into their relationship with God like Ezra did when fulfilling his call to lead a Spiritual Reform in Israel. So, the role of the leader is to first recognize if the people are prepared to GO, MAKE DISCIPLES, and then lead them to be BAPTIZED. If they aren’t prepared, then the leader must begin by feeding milk to them as they get ready for solid food.
It is a process that must be endured. Why do you think that Jesus waited to give the Great Commission to the disciples until the end, because they were not ready and Jesus was not ready either. He prepared them while he was alive so that when the time was ready, he could encourage them on their journey they were about to endure. A leader needs to be patient and prayerful to work wisely during the growth process. When the time is ready, the leader will be able to execute his disciples towards the Great Commission knowing they will in turn create more disciples to do the same.
The leader’s personal evangelism practices should be to pray for the lost people he knows and those God will bring him. He should also make a point to get his hands and feet working in the community to get to know more people. The leader needs to be prepared and always planning to fulfill the tasks of God. With all this being said, a great leader will focus on God, create teams to follow in the command of Matthew 18:19, and passionately love people. Basically, the way I see it, are leaders returning to the essentials? The Great Commission will only be successful when leaders from around the globe have a burden for the things of God. What did Jesus weep and mourn over? Who did our Lord and savior laugh with? Are our eyes focused on the things God is focused on?
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