The Great Commission
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. - Matthew 10:8
The 21st Century Body of Christ seems so far away from the great commission in the above passage of scripture or should I say it seems we have relegated part of the great commission to those we classify as the chosen few when in fact it is a commission to all. Jesus instructed his disciples to go out and heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast our demons as well as preach the gospel. The Bible informs us that they immediately did as he’d instructed them, with many testimonies following. The story didn’t end there; even after He had ascended to heaven, the early church remained committed to the great commission with a mighty harvest of testimonies following their ministries.
This is in complete contrast to how we have strategically excluded or relegated the above scripture in most part to the state with many of its agencies whilst holding firm to the commission to go and preach the gospel. We have mastered the act of preaching the gospel, whilst not seeking the Lord for the power and authority to heal the sick, resulting in grave consequences for our society as a whole. After all, it is to the church that the commission was given to go and heal the sick, raise the dead and cast our demons. But we have skillfully delegated this responsibility to the state and the wider community: Could it be that if the Body of Christ was busy fulfilling all parts of the great commission, that we wouldn’t have the British National Health Service (NHS) on its knees or the issue with Obama/Trump Care in the US and the depth of health problem across the world.
Instead, we have chosen to give our strength chasing God's Presence, infighting and division across denominations and other petty matters, when in truth it would take all of us and more as well as great investment of our time to reach out in praying for the sick, the lepers, the dead or the demon.
We live in a society that overflows with the sick and diseased, and our morgues are overflowing with the dead while the church busies itself with other stuff! Could it be that if we were sold out to the great commission, we would have little or no time for the pettiness that continues to plague the Body of Christ? Also, the government and the many health organisations /agencies will be relieved of the enormous pressure that health care and its costs have become across the globe? Instead, we sit in political correctness not playing the part the Lord had instructed us to play, while healthcare organisation overflow to busting points.
We have to remind ourselves that Jesus’ commission, was to his disciples, past, present and future until he returns, but we are barely preaching the gospel not to talk about healing the sick. Nonetheless, we are so desperate to be like Jesus but failing to strive to fulfil the great commission. Forgetting Jesus' instruction to his disciples to preach the gospel stood side by side to his instruction for them to heal the sick, cleanse the leper, raise the dead and cast out demons. And He didn’t just instruct them, he first model this to them and sent them as well as us to GO!
It is important to recognise that the early church and Jesus’ ministry represented the NHS of their days! Therefore, instead of the Body of Christ continuing to look to the state and to other health organisations to fulfill this great commission, we need to turn our heart to the Lord in repentance, asking the Lord to restore His Power in the Body of Christ to enable us to do all that He has commissioned us to do.