What is the first word of the Great Commission?
“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
Go. Does that mean sit still? Go. Does that mean invite others to where you are? Go. Does that mean send others? I’m pretty sure when Jesus told us to go, He meant for us to actually go.
Yet so many of our churches feel fine just doing what is comfortable to them. They play what music they like. They dress how they want. They create programs to care for themselves. We’re so caught up with creating a church experience we’re happy and pleased with we totally forget the church was created to reach the world. Our response is, “We’re here. If they want what we have they can come to us.” That’s a drastic difference to “Go.”
Many of us feel we’re accomplishing the Great Commission if we invite our coworkers, family, random stranger to our church. Like the woman at the well, we’re excited about what is happening with our Savior. That’s a good thing, but that’s not what Jesus commissioned us to do. He didn’t tell us to go invite the masses to come to us.
Jesus told us to go. He told us to go like He did. Go to where those who are lost in darkness are. Go to where the masses which are marching toward the gates of hell are. Go to where the broken-hearted and forgotten are.
There’s nothing wrong with a church having lots of programs to care for those that attend the church. If that’s the sum total of our evangelistic outreach, however, we are NOT accomplishing the Great Commission.
We should be looking for ways to Enter & Bless our communities. Ways to enter into the communities we live and make them better. Ways to bless those we call our neighbors. Ways to take the light of Christ within us and shine it before those still in darkness so they can find their way to the cross.