The Great Commission
Are you a follower of Jesus Christ? If so, did you know that God has a job for you? Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT) tells us this:
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."
What does this mean? As people of faith, God calls us to do more than just sit around enjoying his creation. God has a mission for us. He wants us to share our faith with our family, friends, and the people He has put in our lives.
Getting started can be the hardest part. The first step is to prepare yourself. Ask yourself, “What has God done for me?” and “How has he changed my life?” Be ready to explain the answers to these questions. Be specific and be willing to admit that you aren’t perfect.
The next step is to pray. Pray for guidance, courage, and the words to say. God can and will use the Holy Spirit to speak through you. Pray for the people God has put in your life. Pray for opportunities to share your faith.
When you are out in the world, be receptive to the people God puts in your path. Get to know others. We all have a story. It’s good to ask people about themselves before sharing our own story. Listen. What they have to say is important. When it’s your turn, share your interests and your background. Be sure to include the answers to the questions you’ve prepared (What has God done for me? How has God changed my life?). Don’t forget to include God in your story.
Its ok to be nervous or excited, but don’t let fear get in the way of sharing your faith. Matthew chapter 28 ends by saying God will be with us. We are not alone. It’s ok if you aren’t good at sharing your faith today. Just like with anything, sharing your faith takes practice.
God has a job for you. This is your mission… do you choose to accept it?