One of the Disciples of Jesus whose relationship with Jesus is quite interesting to study is Peter. Jesus through His relationship with Peter shows us His individuality in dealing with men. Their relationship shows that as individuals you have a responsibility to have an upright relationship with God. This means you can not say cause you are in a group with Christian, you are automatically a Christian or that you are living according to the God standard.
On a certain occasion, close to the end of Jesus’ ministry on the earth, Jesus asked Peter a question 3 times. He asked, “Peter, do you love me?” And Peter replied, “Yes, Lord. You know that I love you.” And Jesus replied, “Feed my sheep”. Jesus did this to let Peter know that loving the Lord is not to be done only through words but through action (1 John 3:18).
If you love Jesus, you would feed His sheep. Who are His sheep? Jesus said,
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”
His sheep are the ones He died for. The Bible lets us know that there’s a number of people who have been appointed to be saved (Acts 2:47) and as a watchman, you have the responsibility to ensure you reach them and feed them with the Word of God.
“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.”
“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.”
"for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved"
Brethren, it is important to live every day with the consciousness of this mandate. You must preach the Gospel. You must influence your world with Jesus. You must tell everyone about Jesus and be passionate about the work of the Master. Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work.” (John 4:34). That is why you are here on earth, to carry the message, to tell everyone about Him and to let them know that Jesus did not die for nothing.
There is no excuse for not preaching the Gospel because you have a witness in your Spirit, which is God that lives in you (1 John 4:16-17). Ignorance is not going to be a factor either, you can not say you did not know or you did not think it was serious enough (Hosea 4:6) You must preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Paul understood this great commission and He said:
“…necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel!”
1 Corinthians 9:16
In Acts 20:24 He said,
“… none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
Paul was committed to the Gospel! And like Paul, you must become an activist for the Gospel. There is no other option. What else do you want to live for? This world?
“The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
1 John 2:17
Nothing is worth more than Jesus and The Great Commission. Remember He trusted and counted on you to spread the Gospel, do it and do it excellently.
It is my heartfelt prayer that you come to the knowledge of His will and act accordingly in Jesus name. Amen.