“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”-Matthew 28:19-20
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”-Helen Keller
For those of you who know me personally, you probably know that I love traveling. I am always up for a trip. It doesn’t matter where, just put me on a plane. Both my parents and I are blessed with sharing the same God given passion of traveling. As a family, we have been on many, many trips together. These family trips draw us closer together as a family, praise the Lord. It’s not always rainbows and butterflies when we travel together, but at the end of the trip we are closer as a family. We have memories and experiences we will never forget. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if traveling wasn’t a part of me. I am so very thankful for the freedom my parents have given me in allowing me to travel not only with them, but with friends and with the Church, too.
Matthew 28:19-20, also known as the Great Commission, commands us to do two things. The first command is to go. He doesn’t say, “Wait until you’re comfortable, then go.” He also doesn’t say, “Wait until you have every second of every day planned, then go.” No, he just says, “go”. He also doesn’t say, “You must only go with your church.” Again, he just tells us to go. It’s a simple command, and quite frankly, it’s a lot easier to obey than the second command which is to make disciples of all nations. Before we dive into making disciples of all nations, let’s look at Helen Keller’s quote. She says that life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Whatever you believe about creation and how this beautiful planet got here, there’s one thing we can agree on – it’s beauty. I believe that God created this earth in only 6 days and on the 7th day, he rested. My human pea brain simply can not understand that this earth just popped into existence from nothing; in my opinion, the design of anything and everything that is found on earth contradicts that theory. Either way, I think we all can see the beauty this earth has. And that’s what I want to get at here. There is so much to see and do on this earth that you literally can not nor could not experience it all before you die. But don’t let that stop you from making life a daring adventure. One of the best ways, I think, to make life a daring adventure is to catch a flight and go somewhere. Maybe you agree with me on this one. If so, start planning your next adventure. Maybe you don’t agree with me on this one. There is that quote I hear every now and then about adventure being out there, you only have to find it. Honestly, yes, I agree. Don’t let your life be nothing at all. Chose to make your life a daring adventure by traveling somewhere new! The adrenaline and joy traveling brings is like nothing else. It really is an adventure.
I want to take a minute to give two suggestions for how to go. For some of you, if you’re like me, it’s so easy to go. But for some of you, it’s not quite as easy. So here are the two suggestions I have for how you can go.
- Suggestion 1 – Call a friend, plan a week/weekend, book a hotel, catch a flight, and go. Enjoy yourself!
- Suggestion 2 – See if your local Church or a friends church is going on a mission trip any time soon. If so, sign up and go.
Like I mentioned before, God commands us to go. There aren’t all these ifs, thens, or buts. A lot of times the Great Commission is referenced to mission trips. I see why; it makes sense. A mission trip is a great and organized way to make disciples of all nations. If you have never been on a mission trip, either abroad or local, I recommend you go. I’ve been on many church sponsored mission trips and they seriously will change your life. But a mission trip is not the only way to make disciples of all nations. You can make disciples of all nations on a girls weekend, a family beach week, or even a business trip. Just first, go.
Back to Matthew 28:19-20. I kind of already touched on the second command, but if you didn’t pick up on it already, the second command is to make disciples of all nations. Zoinks scoob. I don’t know about you, but that sounds intimidating with a capital “I”. Maybe before now you didn’t think the going part was easy, but I bet you do now! Before I delve into two ways that I think we can make disciples of all nations, let me first tell you a story about my dad. Last year, in May of 2018, my family took a trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota. I had never been there before and wanted to see a city I’d never been to, so my parents happily agreed. I am so glad they did because we had a blast! If you’re curious about what we did there, shoot me an email or comment below and I’ll send you a few must sees. Anyway, back to the story. We were walking downtown headed back to our hotel one afternoon. My dad seized an opportunity to make disciples of all nations that I completely overlooked. There were these two men walking behind us headed in the same direction. They were close enough that my dad could hear the conversation. Again, I really wasn’t paying attention to the men behind us, but I wish I had been. My dad turned right around and chipped in to the conversation. I say conversation, but it was more of a friendly argument. One man was trying to convince his friend that there is a God, while the other man questioned and argued. To be honest, I don’t remember exactly what my dad said except that he spoke so highly of the Lord and his existence. It didn’t last very long, for it wasn’t my dads place to try and convert this man to believe right then and there. I have no idea if that man is a Christian today or not. All I know is that my dad saw an opportunity to support a fellow Christian brother through the conversation in order to bring glory to God. He seized that opportunity and by doing so, was helping to make disciples of all nations.
Okay so you still might be wondering how to make disciples of all nations. I’m not a theologian by any means, I’m just a young girl who went to a Christian school, who attends a Bible study, and goes to church most Sundays. For whatever this information is worth to you, here are two things that I have been focusing on to better in myself in order to make disciples of all nations:
- Actions. They say actions speak louder than words, so there must be something to this. How you hold yourself can either point someone to Jesus or away from Jesus. We are to be the hands and feet of Jesus while we are on this earth. So in all situations we need to be thinking, WWJD. What would Jesus do? Would Jesus give his seat to the little old lady who just walked onto the subway? He would in a heartbeat. Would Jesus give a homeless man his warm coat in the middle of the winter? He absolutely would. Would Jesus invite his foe over to dinner at his house? You know He would. How you treat others around you reveals whether you’re making disciples of Jesus or of yourself. People will notice the difference in you if you live how Jesus lived.
- Words. Don’t discount words just because they don’t speak as loudly as actions do; words are still loud. Strike up a conversation with someone. Just be friendly. See where the topic leads. If God wants you to have a God conversation, he will provide the opportunity. You don’t have to go into every conversation thinking you’re going to share with someone about God. But be open to the possibility that the Lord wants to use you through a conversation. I have passed up many opportunities to share the gospel with someone because I was scared of what they would think. But honestly, who cares what they think. I am my own person, just like you are your own person. If someone thinks you’re weird because you struck up a conversation with them and said God in it, trust me, you’ll be just fine. In addition to being just fine, you will have done your job. God doesn’t call us to convert people, but he does call us to get uncomfortable and to plant a seed. Talking to people is the easiest way to get uncomfortable. Start by complimenting someone on their outfit or maybe a quality that you see in them (if you know them). It doesn’t have to be a heavy topic, just start talking, because just like your actions, talking is also a great way to make disciples, too.
Many of us, myself included in this, have to work on our words and actions daily. It’s so easy to be selfish and act how I want to act and speak how I want to speak. Unfortunately, being selfish doesn’t make disciples of all nations. If you want to make disciples of all nations, you need to act and speak how Jesus acted and spoke. It’s realllllllllly tough, but if you aim to live how Jesus lived, you’re on the right track!
So to wrap up this blog, we touched on going and making disciples. You have tips and suggestions for both the going and the making of disciples. These are the tips I try to live by, so I hope they help you go and make disciples, too. Remember, it doesn’t matter when nor where you go, just go. But while you’re there, point the community to Jesus through both your actions and your words. There’s no time better than now. Go on a mission trip. Or create your own. Adventure is out there and it’s waiting for you. What are you going to do about it? Girl, catch a flight already!