(Motivating RA Leaders for Missions)
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Mathew 28 : 16-20. ( NIV )
The Great Commission is not strange to the Royal Ambassadors ministry, in fact, it is the core value of the organization and her ministry. The Great Commission is a direct instruction handed down unto Christ Ambassadors by the King Eternal himself immediately after his resurrection from death. This Great Commission forms an essential aspect of the Royal Ambassadors Commission and Declaration which is popularly referred to as the King’s Command. ( Mathew 28:19-20).The above shows the nexus between the Royal Ambassadors world and the kingly command in the name of Great Commission. The fourth and fifth line of the RA pledge which says :
‘To carry the message of Christ around the world,
To work with others in sharing Christ’
are also a confirmation of the relationship between the Royal Ambassadors Ministry of Reconciliation and the Great Commission. The RA hymn also confirms the importance of missions to the Royal Ambassadors. By singing the hymn, we confess that we are on business for our King, the Lord Jesus.
Great Commission Explained.
This is an express instruction, a direct and clear command from Christ to all believers all over the world. As you know, commands are orders that must be obeyed and therefore Christ expects simple compliance ( obedience ) to this all important command. The RA is a bible based disciplined organization and her members are duty bound to obey instructions. Our leadership capacity training, the drill, the colours and other features of our trainings places much emphasis on obedience as a spiritual virtue. It is therefore expected that all RAs should be OBEDIENT and LOYAL to the command of go into the world. It is in fulfilment of this post resurrection command that we often do missions as a core value of our system. The more reason for the attachment of missions as a condition for the attainment of the last ranks in the Royal Ambassadors. Hence, one should not only be seen as the recipient of the instruction but doer of the instruction.
Let it be stated that the resurrected Jesus was simple and clear enough on this instruction. He gave out the orders in details, in well stated language and format. Jesus employed simple stylistics in handling down the order called the Great Commission. The instructions contained in the Great Commission are not to be negotiated neither do they have waivers. They are to be obeyed. They are to be carried out. Anything to the contrary is wrong and displeases the General Commander, Jesus Christ. The implication is that a RA that is not involved in missions is not truly an ambassador . Such is also regarded as a disobedient commissioned officer and thus not fulfilling his called duty as a Christ Ambassador in the reconciliation ministry.The entailments of these instructions are captured in verses 19-20 of Mathew 28 as follows :
* Make Disciples
Note the chronological order of the command. It implies that missions and evangelism should be strategically planned if there must be result. After they have been well taught, the prospects or converts or believers now have a responsibility to obey all they have been taught including the commandments of Jesus Christ. In essence, a commissioned Ambassador is expected to understand his assignment and show an excellent mastery of the methodology. Simply put, he should be vast in the knowledge of Christ and His words to be able to effectively carry out the issued command.
God does not just call, when He calls He gives the enablement. He says in verse 20b : ” And surely ( certainly ), I am with you always ( every time you go a fishing ) to the very end of the age “. That means the instructor or commander is not unconscious of the challenges in the given assignment and the more reason why He has promised to always be with us as we carry out the assignment to the close of age. Then, what is an ambassador waiting for than to go ye into the world and make disciples of all nations? He has promised to be with us. Remember, God is not man that can fail and if God be for us, who can be against us ? ( Romans 8:31).
The second fact is that all authority has been given to us by Christ since He himself has been conferred with all authority after His victory from the cross. ” All authority in HEAVEN and on EARTH has been given to me ” ( V18b) No fears for Ambassadors living this command. As His commissioned officer, you carry same anointing ( authority ) and can do similar work like Jesus Christ Himself. He invested us with this authority after His resurrection shortly before His ascension to heaven thus making it bounding ,valid and effective until Christ’s second coming. ( Mark 3:15, 16: 17-18).
Implications for All.
The Great Commission has some implications not only to the Royal Ambassadors but for all believers ready to share the gospel ( the good news of the crucified but resurrected Jesus ), the saviour of the world.
1. Concencration. In verse 16, the disciples set themselves apart and we must also do same if we must do the work expectedly. This will also give direction to the work
2. Reverencing. We need to constantly worship God as the disciples did. ( V.17a)
3. Faith. We need not doubt His words and instructions. ( V17b)
4. Proclaim . We need to go into the world and spread the good news ( V.19)
5. Authority. Know that you carry authority through the lord Jesus Christ. (V.18b)
6. Message Clarity. Be clear in your message just as the instructions in the Great Commission are clear.
7. Do away with self knowledge. Do all in the name of the trinity ( God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit ). V19b
8. Assurance. Be assured that the General Commander who gave the Great Commission is with you ALWAYS. V.20b.
Missions Involvement Strategies / Approaches.
The leadership of the RA can lead the boys to carry out evangelism adopting any or all of the approaches below :
* Outreaches – village evangelism
* Church based revival
* Open Air Crusade
* One on One or Group Evangelism.
* Tract writing, publishing and distribution
* Drama / Film show ministry
* Social Media approach
* Social Evangelism – gifts, supports etc
* And many other systems.
” After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up to heaven and he sat at the right hand of God” ( Mark 16: 19 ). If the last earthly instruction of Jesus is missions and evangelism oriented, it goes to say that all Christians have got no choice than to execute the Great Commission often called the King’s Command in the world of the Royal Ambassadors.
Thank you and God bless as you live the Great Commission. To disobey the Commander is WRONG.
Coun Ayo Adekunle (Post Plen),
Royal Ambassadors of Africa,
All Africa Baptist Men Fellowship,
(delivered at Royal Ambassadors of Ghana Leadership Training Conference 2020)