The above verse, usually called “The Great Commission,” is not ambiguous.
However, we are.
We Christians have a tendency to try to urge others to fulfill that verse while excusing ourselves from the command.
I am going to focus on just one of the excuses we give as to why the Great Commission does not apply to us.
It is the one we either state or imply about our lives not being “together enough spiritually” to be a good example to others.
We give ourselves unlimited time to “reform” before we will launch out as a gospel witness. Meanwhile, we figure our Pastor and other truly spiritual people have the Great Commission covered.
Only . . . our country, here in the U.S., keeps moving more and more into the post-Christian mode. There is no strong gospel witness happening.
In fact, at least half of the born again Christians in the U.S. seem to have believed the teaching that we should only engage in “lifestyle evangelism” without naming the name of Christ. This teaching gains disciples for human beings, not for Jesus. Really!
While sanctification in our lives is very important (and is the subject of numerous other posts), waiting to witness till we feel we have hit some predetermined level of spirituality is not wise nor is it obedient to our Lord, who died for us.
Remember, the Samaritan woman in John 4 won her entire town to Christ before she, presumably, was able to sit down with her significant other (the man with whom she was living out of wedlock) and work out an exit strategy from their sinful relationship.
The gospel of the Lord is greater than all of our sins. We sing that. Do we believe it enough to move forward sharing that gospel with a dying world, even while letting God shine His light on our sins and help us grow in sanctification?