“Go and make disciples,” Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19). Every time I hear or read those words, my heart sinks. Go and talk to people I don’t know? Share the details of my life? With strangers? Go and hide sounds more like me.
Fortunately, that isn’t the end of the passage. “…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:20).” I do nothing alone. Jesus promises He is with me. Always.
In every circumstance. Even the ones that make me want to run away and hide. But still, going very far is highly unlikely for me; I don’t even have a passport. So what can I do to obey this command? How do I live my faith, step out of my comfort zone, and make disciples?
I don’t actually have to go very far. There are people in my own family who don’t know Christ as their personal Savior. And more in my neighborhood. My city.
Since retiring and moving to a new place, I feel a tug at my heart to reach out more to others. Instead of sitting and waiting for neighbors to come to me while I sip iced tea on my front porch, I get out of my chair and start a conversation myself when they pass by. I baked cookies and attached a hello note with contact information on it. Then I knocked on a couple of doors and introduced myself. I didn’t stay long, just long enough to say hello and learn names and where my neighbors are from.
But it’s a start. Now when I see my neighbor, I greet them by name. Little by little, we can grow our relationship.
There are others ways I can fulfill the Great Commission:
– Talking about Christ in everyday conversation. Letting people know the influence God has in my life. How He sustains me in the hard times.
– When people see me snapping pictures of their flaming red tree or bright purple zinnia and ask what I’m doing, I share about gift walks and thanking God in all circumstances.
– Mentoring a friend who needs encouragement. Praying for them and sharing my own experiences, using God’s Word to build her up, is part of “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
– Writing this blog which is sometimes read by people in other nations doesn’t require a passport.
– When my girls were young, pointing out God’s goodness and being an example of living my faith pointed them to Christ. I do the same with my grandchildren.
Van and I wrote the Great Commission in the hallway between our offices (since we’re empty nesters, we use the two small bedrooms for offices). We want to always be aware of Christ’s presence and His command to teach others about Him.
Prayer to Go and Make Disciples
Jesus, Thank You for Your love and grace. For adopting us into Your family. And for being with us always. We ask for faithfulness. Bring us opportunities to go and make disciples. Get us out of our comfort zone and into our community, sharing the hope we have in You. Season our conversation with how You work in our lives. Help us, Lord, to share the good news and fulfill the Great Commission. Amen.
This is Day Twenty-three of the #write31days2017 challenge. You can read the previous posts in the #pray31daysforyourhome series by clicking here.