Arthur Blessit carried the Cross around the world in every nation and is listed in the Guinness World Records for the world’s longest walk over 41,002 miles in ‘323 countries, islands groups & territories’ for 46 years. Arthur did not carry the cross for fun but to let the world know about the message of the Cross.
“Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” (Mark 16:15, NIV)
“When His message comes to you,
There is but one thing to do,
Just obey, just obey”
Jesus’ message to you is “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Notice He did not say “preach the Good News to your friends, or some good people, or those who love you, or your family member.” He said “preach the Good News to everyone.” This is the great commission. It is not an option but a must for you as a child of God.
- Brighten Your Corner
Preach the Good News to your friends at the office, home, school, associations, etc. Instead of gossiping with an unbeliever, tell him/her about Jesus. In my Master’s class, there was a Finance lecturer who used Jesus in almost all the examples he gave. He did not worry about those who were offended about his message or examples about Jesus. In the same way, we can use whatever we do to preach the Good News. Preach the Good News to people you meet for the first time. It may not be up to 5 minutes but I can tell you that God can use a short message in 30 seconds to change a person’s life.
You can brighten your corner by telling others about Jesus.
- The Use of Social Media
A point to note is that you do not have to be like Arthur Blessit who carried the Cross around the world but you can preach the gospel using every channel available to you. Talking about channel, technology has made it easier now than before. Today, you do not need to travel to Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, or Australia to preach the gospel. Facebook reaches areas you have not seen before. I believe you do not know all the friends you have on Facebook but you could use it as means to tell them about Jesus. There is also Twitter, Whatsapp, Viber, WordPress, Blogspot, LinkedIn, Youtube, Skype, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Whichever you find yourself, you could use it as a means to preach the Good News.
The better part of the story is that you do not have to shout, scream, or touch someone as all you have to do is to type, read over, and then click the send button or enter to share. I am not discouraging anybody from sharing happy moments with friends but what I am saying is that we are here (on earth) to tell the world about Jesus.
We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. (John 9:4, NLT)
In the Old Testament, God used people like Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Sampson, Esther, David, Elijah, Elisha, and others to save His people. In the New Testament, He used Jesus (His Son), Peter, James, John, Philip, Paul, and others to save people from darkness to light. And in our days, He is counting on you and I. Imagine what the people of old (like Paul) would have done or achieved if they had the electronics and media we have today.
This generation has no excuse for not reaching the masses with the message of our Lord Jesus Christ.
- Support other Ministries
You can support ministers who have bigger platforms to reach the world through daily radio programs, TV programs, satellite channels, podcast, etc. It will surprise you to know the kind of feedback they get. I watch TBN, God TV, Day Star, and other channels.
You can also support those in your country and cities who are doing well to spread the good news. Your resources or help can send the Message to areas you cannot reach.
Let us encourage ourselves to carry out tasks assigned to us by Jesus Christ.
I will close with this song “Win Them One by One”:
If to Christ our only King
Men redeemed we strive to bring,
Just one way this may be done—
We must win them one by one.
Side by side we stand each day,
Saved are we, but lost are they;
They will come if we but dare
Speak a word backed up by prayer.
Only cowards dare refuse,
Dare this gift of God misuse;
Ere some friend goes to his grave,
Speak a word his soul to save.
Not for hope of great reward
Turn men’s hearts unto the Lord;
Just to see a saved man smile
Makes the effort well worthwhile.
So you bring the one next to you,
And I’ll bring the one next to me;
In all kinds of weather, we’ll all work together,
And see what can be done.
If you’ll bring the one next to you,
And I bring the one next to me,
In no time at all we’ll have them all,
So win them, win them, one by one.