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Frank Hay

Frank Hay

Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV) -- "18) And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19) 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, 20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.' Amen."

These verses are referred to as the great commission. As Jesus was ascending unto heaven, He commanded His disciples to share what they had seen and heard with everyone wherever they went. Statistically, this is not being done. Some church members, whom we assume have made a commitment to be Christ followers, have never heard of this verse or do not know what it means. This means they have not read their Bible, do not attend church or perhaps their minister does not preach the whole gospel.

I believe one reason Christianity is falling into disbelief is that those who claim to be Christ followers are not living what they profess if our Lord has not touched your life in such a way that you cannot but share what you know. Acts 4:20 (KJV) -- "20) For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard."

There is something eerie going on in America, We the people are having a time honoring commitment. Once a handshake was enough but not today. We see this in all phases of life. Broken promises in marriage, in our families in our government. Who can you trust anymore? Earlier in my life, I heard many times, “Believe nothing you hear and half what you see”. Watching our news media today makes this seem plausible.

The relationship between God and man is one of trust; man has often promised to do certain things and since creation his commitment has been broken. Time and time, God has forgiven and man broke his promise. We cannot continue; one day, God will reach His limit and God will pour out His wrath upon this earth. He did once by flood. This time, only He knows however it seems He will not have to do anything, we the people will do it to ourselves.

What’s the cure? I believe first, Christ’s followers must recommit to Him and obey His commands. Standing idly by while our neighbors and family go to a Godless eternity is not following the great commission as recorded in Matthew 28:18-20, I have heard some say, “But I do not go anywhere." Wrong, we do go, to work, to the store, every day we see many in our daily walk. Oh, by the way, there is the telephone -- use it. Why not invite them to your church? That can lead to other conversations. Just remember: Nothing said for our Lord is fruitless. We are not responsible for their response, only sharing what we have or know.

Dear Follower of Christ, remember Jesus told us how to be His followers. John 14:15 (KJV) -- "15) If ye love me, keep my commandments." John 14:23 (KJV) -- "23) Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." John 15:10 (KJV) -- 10) If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." Our obligation is to do it.

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J. Frank Hay Jr. is a retired Orangeburg pastor and chaplain.

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