We can’t leave it up to “them” (Or suffering from “SEP”)
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Something that has always frustrated me is when I hear someone say, “They should do something about that!”
Believe it or not, this type of thinking is a recognized psychological phenominon called “Somebody Else’s Problem,” also known as SEP. It happens when a person chooses to dissociate themselves from an issue, even if that issue is in critical need of recognition.
That condition can also be present in the church with regard to missions work, as some Christians think that “they” should go and preach the gospel. It’s a way of subtly disassociating ourself from the critical work of missions.
But who are “they?” I’ll tell you who they are, they are us!
Whether we choose to recognize it or not, all Christians have a part in spreading the gospel message to the lost.
The question is “what is my part?” The Apostle Paul addressed it in his letter to the church at Rome:
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” (Romans 10:14-15)
In this statement Paul covers the entirety of the church congregation. Not everyone is called to go, but everyone does play a part.
Some are sent to preach, and the rest are the senders.
Which one are you?
We can change the world, one life at a time…