Friday, January 16, 2009

As You Are Going

A Ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for
Grace Hopper

Jesus told His Disciples that they should go into all the world and share their faith. They should preach, teach, and baptize. He told them sometimes they would be persecuted, and they were. Most of them were killed as they went about trying to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. The verse I am referring to is in the Book of Matthew.

Matthew 28:19-20 (New American Standard Bible)
19"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

In the Greek the passage begins, "as you are going." It was assumed that as they went they would share their faith with those they came in contact with. We should follow their example. You may not be a missionary in a third world country speaking another language, but you are a missionary. It would be safe to stay in the harbor, to never venture out to share your faith and risk rejection. But, that's not what we were created for. I once went out sailing with a friend of mine many miles off the North Carolina coast. It was an awesome experience. I will never forget what he told me that day. He said, "sailing is not about the destination, it's all about the trip." I believe life is like that, its all about the trip. The adventure, the lives we touch, experiences we have, stories we accumulate, difference we make in peoples lives. So, as you are going today take a chance and share your faith it may change someones eternal destination. What could possibly be more exciting than that?

I wecome your comments, thoughts, prayer requests....

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