In Matthew 28, we receive “marching orders” from Jesus, commonly referred to as the Great Commission.
Go, make disciples, baptizing them...
This should not be viewed as a task or a job, but as a way of life. “Go” translates from the original text more as “as you are going." So, this means that as we go through life, we are to intersect with people, teach them, show them, and then point them towards Jesus. The purpose is for them to become a sold-out follower of Christ. The proof is a changed life. Jesus called this “bearing much fruit."
Look at these two sets of statistics. From research gathered by the Barna people, approximately 17 percent of the people in the US that proclaim to be Catholic, Mainline Protestant, or Evangelical are in church on any given weekend. Seventy-six percent of the people in the US age 16 and over have a job.
What does does this mean? It means that the workplace is the mission field. When you show up and love people, lead them, and model Jesus to them, you are fulfilling our mission.
Want to go on a mission’s trip? “Go” to work!
Written by Steve Crawford