I’m sure by now you have heard of The Great Commission, but have you ever examined yourself to see if you are living out that mandate?
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
– Matthew 28:16-20
Year after year I take teams to serve in Mexico. Every trip has its challenges and every trip has its blessings. In November 2017, our team of seven linked arms with several local missionaries, pastors, and workers to love the people of Mexico and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Each trip I get to help many people who have never gone on a cross-cultural trip before and the first conversation I get to have with them is usually filled with excitement, fear, and lots of questions about how to prepare. I remember feeling the exact same way before my first cross-cultural trip to Mexico. I was worried about my safety and the safety of my son, I was excited to serve God but unsure of what my role would be, and I was curious how to survive in an area with poor water and sanitation facilities. My first trip started a fire in my heart for being the hands and feet of Jesus in the world and where I live and serve.
The November 2017 trip was unique because our team was prepared and trained to do dental work, medical evaluations and education, basic eye exams, and children’s ministry. I was reminded that these trips are not so much about humanitarian work, but about loving on humanity. However, the greatest joy of this trip and previous trips comes when I hear that an adult or child has placed their faith in Jesus Christ and can now have a relationship with God the Father. Being part of “The Great Commission” is the greatest mission I could ever ask to be part of.
Trip after trip I am blessed to see the heart changes in the participants of the mission teams I get to take from Family Church. I am blessed to see their fears diminish only to be replaced with a clearer purpose for their lives. No matter if the trip is to Mexico or to the co-worker, to Africa or the classmate, lives are changing. Not just the lives of the people who are being served, but the lives of the participants as well. The question we must continue to ask ourselves is: “Am I being changed? And I am I helping others being changed by the Gospel?” Consider these words from the book of Romans 12
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
– Romans 12:1
I’d like to conclude by encouraging you to get involved. How are you using the resources, time, and talents the Lord has blessed you with? If you are a follower of Jesus it is important that you see yourself in light of the great commission. You have been redeemed and you have a purpose. Here are a couple of ways to begin living out your calling:
- Pray: Pray for your neighbors, co-workers, friends and family members who do not yet know Jesus. Pray for missionaries and for people groups around the world who have not heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Give: Financially support your local church body. Financially support a missionary or bible translation project. Support teams and individuals traveling to different cultures to serve and share the gospel.
- Serve: Get connected to a local church and serve in the gifting God has blessed you with. Serve your community.
- Share: Begin to share the gospel with those God places in your sphere of influence. Become part of the disciple making process not a cul-de-sac to the gift of salvation. We are called to share the Gospel with others.
- Go: Join a short-term team and go into the world to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I am blessed to be used by God to be a part of Him changing lives! Especially through the same way He changed mine. I’d like to thank everyone who prays, supports, and sends teams, year after year. May we continue to link arms together to reach our neighbors and the nations.