The Great Commission isn’t meant for a few. It is a co-mission for all Christians. Read on…
If Christ called you to know Him, He called you to share Him. When He departed, He told the disciples, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and teaching them all I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28) That’s what you’ve heard, anyway. But the best way to translate the Greek into English is “As you are going, make disciples…”
What’s the difference? It’s a big one. Christ isn’t just leaving evangelism up to some people, a.k.a. officially titled and credentialed ministers or evangelists. Rather, He calls us all.
We are Christs’s workmanship, created in Him to do all that He has prepared for us.
I share Jesus n all kinds of ways as I am going about my day. As I am going, I share Jesus. Jesus wants to be a part of all of our day, all of our responsibilities, and all of our meetings with others, whether they are at work, school, home, running errands, or during our leisure activities.
As I am going, I have found there are 5 areas where I can be an everyday evangelist and discipler.
1. My family. Family is the Lord’s number one priority. He doesn’t want us to save our last energy for them but to give them our best. They are the people who are closest to us, which means those that the Lord has put to be the closest in our care.
Whether you have a two-parent, single, divorced, crazy, or other kind of family, that does not matter in discipleship!!! As you are going, make disciples…
How do we do that in our family?
Here are a few suggestions:
1. Eat meals together, especially dinner. (Not in front of the T.V. or with electronic devices present! just with each other!) Talk about your day. Talk about how you saw God in your day. Read a family devotional together. Look into each other’s eyes. Taste the food you’re eating and enjoy it. Be fully alive together.
2. Have a bedtime routine together. Read a story. Take turns saying bedtime prayers. Sing a good night song.
3. Sing a praise song to wake up your spouse or kids. Maybe you’ll sing it quietly and softly, maybe loudly, but just sing it. And then read a 1-minute devo together.
That’s nice, but I don’t have time for all that, you say. And I say, yes, you do. It takes less time than you would think and it will make all the difference in the world. Bedtime routine: 10-15 minutes. Morning devo: 5 minutes. Dinner: 30 minutes to one hours. And everyone has to eat.
The key to effective discipleship is being present in the moment. Jesus was. He was fully focused; He gave His full attention to the here and now while keeping an eternal perspective.
That’s the other part. Keep an eternal perspective. You may not get everything done you planned, but will that really matter in the long term? Does it really matter if you washed that 3rd load of laundry tonight from an eternal perspective? Or washed your car today instead of tomorrow? Put it in eternal perspective.
Everyone works. Whether you get paid to work is another story. But everyone has a job to do. As you are doing your work — as you are going — make disciples of all nations.
How: Encourage your colleagues with Philippians 4:8. Think about all that is good, noble, praiseworthy and encourage them to do the same. In this way, you will invite the mind of Christ to dwell richly with you. As I have applied this at my workplaces through the years, I have seen amazing things happen. Jealousy, malicious competitiveness, strife, and hostility gradually melt away and the love and wisdom of Christ reign. I have seen this happen in the midst of believers and non-believers. Try it.
#3: Interests and Hobbies
What do you like to do? Say hello to another mission field. I like to travel, write, cook, eat, and discover interesting places. I am a photojournalist because of it.
As I am going, I am intentional about sharing Christ, His love, and His purpose for those I meet. I do this through relationships, writing, or even an encouraging word via social media.
#4 Ministry: Find out what your spiritual gifts are and use them. Every Christian has one. God didn’t give them to us for decoration or to accessorize our Christianity. He gave them to us to use them. So, figure out what they are and use them. This is where the church comes in as well. Use them in the church and outside of the church.
#5 Personal: Don’t forget to take time to let Christ’s truth dwell richly in you, not just for the sake of others but for your own sake. Oftentimes, Christians get caught up in ministry on behalf of others that they forget Jesus came to minister to them, too.
And always remember, don’t be too hard on yourself. Christ’s love covers over a multitude of sins. He who has called you will not shame you. He will equip and encourage you to be all you are meant to be in Him. If you hear disparaging remarks, they are not from Him. He will always build you up. He will never tear you down. He knows your heart, and more importantly the heart you have for Him.
As you are going, make disciples…and He will be with you always!