Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
In reading the great commission we see an instruction to preach the gospel to “every creature” or “all creation” as some translations say. Why does it not just say preach the gospel to “all people” or “all humanity”? We need to take a look at the temptation of Christ. Jesus fasted in the wilderness and did ministry among only nature and the wild beasts. This is a step in how he gained authority over creation, that Adam lost. The spoken word brings transformation and life into the environment.
Mark 1:12-13, “And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.”
Even if no one is listening, you have to start somewhere. Before Jesus had any crowds following him, he had to start preaching to the creation itself. As people heard him speaking they would begin to follow him. We cannot wait until having a following or success before beginning ministry. Ministry begins when you can preach to creation with no one but God and nature listening.
We are at a stalemate with God. We are waiting for him to empower us with gifting to minister before starting ministry. He, on the other hand, is waiting for us to step out in faith and begin ministering so that he can have a reason to empower us. If God empowered a person with a gifting who may not begin ministry, that person would have to be held accountable for the “wasted” talents. This is why God prefers a person to take a leap of faith and begin ministering even when the ministry may seem small-scale (or non-existent scale!).
For instance, I was receiving a small number insight and revelation before beginning this website. But immediately after creating the site, I started to get more regular downloads of wisdom and insight to teach and write from. Sometimes God is waiting on our leap of faith before empowering us.
We have to remember our life is a story being recorded in heaven. It might seem like no one is watching, but we are always ministering before a full audience. The cloud of witnesses, saints and angels in heaven are always listening and watching. We should take courage from this and not be afraid to preach, even when it seems no one is listening. Heaven is your audience.
Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,"
Bitcoin: Small beginnings
An example of small beginnings is from 2013, when one of the earliest proponents of bitcoin Andreas Antonopoulos, gave a talk on it to an almost empty conference room. Not many believed in cryptocurrency at the time and the price of a bitcoin at was only $122. Its current price is near $50,000. Andreas believed in what he was preaching on, despite knowing there would be no applause and not much interest. Those who listened to the lecture and purchased bitcoins are sitting on gains of over 40,000% and were able to retire decades early. Let’s compare this to the gospel. We believe in what we are preaching on. You might not be taken seriously at first, but the truth will always come to light, whether in this life or the next. Investing in God’s kingdom is like buying bitcoin when it was low-priced and not taken seriously. Rather than wait for an audience, the time to share the message is now. Even if there are only 2-3 people listening. And even if no one but creation listens. When God spoke “let there be light,” he spoke into the darkness and void of creation, when there was no one and nothing to listen, and yet the spoken word into the environment brought transformation.