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Soon after our inception in 1960, BIMI's motto became “Into all the World.” Obvi- ously, these words come from Mark 16:15 where Jesus said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” David H. Snyder When the Lord President/General Director gave us this com- mand, He expected us to obey. Some might question the possibility of being able to accomplish such a large task. However, God would not give us a job He wanted us to complete if He knew it could not be done. In considering this task, I would like to emphasize some basic but vital truths that must be realized if we are going to ful- fill the Great Commission. First of all, we must be extremely committed to the task. If we respond to Christ's command with an apathetic attitude, the job will not get done. If we were to take a poll among Christians today, I believe that most believers would recognize the importance of the Great Commission. I living it with our lives are two different things. Sadly, the Great Commission has all too often taken second place to the “American Dream.” I wonder how much more would be accomplished for the Lord if we were as committed to “going into all the world” as we are to “keeping up with the Joneses.” A life dedicated to the pursuit of comfort and financial security is not what Jesus had in mind when He said, God would not give us a job He wanted us to complete if He knew it could not be done. “…whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” or “… whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27 & 33). True disciples are passionate about and committed to the concerns and commands of the one they are following. Second, we must be extremely comprehensive in our approach. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…” (John 3:16). We have been instructed to be witnesses… both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8). Since God loves Sadly, the Great in are Commission has all too every person person the world, the we world. to I reach every in often taken second place have heard many Christians say they to the “American Dream.” were burdened for a particular part of the world. This may be true, but a burden for a specific area of the world feel confident that a majority of those who must not result in a disregard for the rest know Christ would say they are concerned of God's harvest field. If someone has a life about seeing souls saved around the world. threatening illness affecting two equally However, saying this with our mouths and www.bimi.org