“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”” - Matthew 28:18-20 NLT
This passage has special meaning for me. About this time 5 years ago, my family and I began serious preparation for our mission trip to France. This was our first opportunity as a family “to go therefore and make disciples of all nations....”
This year, my oldest daughter Ellie went on a 10 Day medical mission trip to Lima, Peru... and Sarah Grace (like her sister Abbie has in the past) once again attended Missionfuge - this time in Mobile, Alabama.
As cool and as proud as I am of my family and the heart they are developing to reach others for Jesus, the bigger lesson and challenge is for us (you and me - all of us) “to go therefore” not just for a special Mission trip or opportunity but “to go therefore” wherever we may be.
Going therefore may mean...
Going therefore next door
Going therefore down the street or around the block
Going therefore to the next cubicle over
Going therefore to the practice court or field
Going therefore to the next dorm room or fraternity/sorority room
Going therefore in our own home
Going therefore to the next locker or hallway
Going therefore to the lunchroom or cafeteria
Going therefore to the local restaurant for lunch
Going therefore to the next town
Going therefore to somewhere in town
Going therefore to somewhere out of town, out of state or out of country
Going therefore to where ever He may send us... when ever He may send us
The main thing is that we be willing “to go therefore” and answer His call to His disciples, of which, if we are a Believer and follower of Jesus Christ, we are one.
Disciples of Jesus are called everyday “to go therefore.”
Keep the Faith... Carpe Diem