“Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword….. “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:32-34, 38-39 LSB https://bible.com/bible/3345/mat.10.32-39.LSB
The Great Commission is the mission of every Christian. Too many Christians are unwilling to seek and save the lost as Jesus did, so few follow Jesus today. Our lack of zeal for God has resulted in our lack of effort at the work of God, creating the chaos in our society we experience now. The church must be responsible for discipling the nations, for this is the work God has entrusted to it until He returns to establish His kingdom upon the earth as it is in heaven. Our eternal reward is based upon our faithfulness to His eternal work, the sharing of the gospel that redirects the eternity of every person who receives it. The work of winning men to Christ will cause some men to hate those who proclaim Christ. This is the conflict we have not been willing to engage in, but we must embrace it if we will be like Him, Who was hated by men and crucified for claiming to be God the Messiah. We cannot continue denying Jesus either by commission, like Peter at Jesus’ trial, or by omission, which most of us engage, the denial of silence. We shall be accountable, for God holds us responsible for winning all men everywhere to His point of view. Let us not jeopardize our eternity because of our fear of men and love of comfort. Let us love God first and most by denying ourselves and embracing the work of sharing Jesus with men and helping them grow in obedience to everything He has commanded us.