What is the Great Omission?

Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
— James 4:17.

James is telling his readers that it is a sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. 

I read a story what a Sunday School teacher who was speaking to her class on the topic of sin asked, "Can anyone tell me what the sin of commission is?"

One girl raised her hand. "I know!" she said. "The sin of commission is when you do what you shouldn't do."

"That's right," the teacher said. "Now can someone tell me what the sin of omission is?"

A boy in the back of the room was anxiously waving his arm, so she called on him. He said, "The sin of omission? Well, those are the sins that you want to do, but you haven't gotten around to them yet."  He didn’t quite have it right, but he sure got a laugh from me.

The sin of omission is not doing what you should do. And one of the ways we can commit this sin is when we fail to respond to the Holy Spirit when He impels us to share the gospel.

Most Christians won’t admit it, but I think most of us know more than enough to go out and start sharing our faith, but so many are just afraid to try. When Jesus gave the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19–20 to "go and make disciples of all the nations, . . . " it was a command. This is not the Great Suggestion; it is the Great Commission. But for many, it has become the Great Omission.

When you read this in the original language, Jesus' words are addressed to everyone. That means it is not just for pastors and paid staff. This command is for every follower of Jesus Christ. This is for everyone to do. None of us are exempt.

Someone has said that the Great Commission is God's marching orders. It can be a difficult task. It can be intimidating, even scary sometimes. But Jesus has called us to do it. And His calling is also His enabling. That’s right, He will enable us when we do in faith.  God Bless!