The Great Commission didn’t say “Go into all the world only if you have the gift of evangelism.” It is a call for us all (Matthew 28:19-20). But sometimes due to financial reasons or family or job responsibilities, going to another country to share the gospel can be a challenge. Or maybe even feel impossible. The good news is Jesus called us to be obedient in our backyards and workplaces and on our streets and at the grocery store. We can develop the ability to “go,” even if leaving the country isn’t an option for you.
1. Identify your area of influence.
We don’t have to have eloquent words to share the gospel. But we are called to share, and we are called to go. Acts 1:8 says, “but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” You are a witness.
Think of Jerusalem as your neighborhood, workplace, school, etc. – the places you inhabit and visit the most. Next, think of Judea as your city and Samaria as your region, or maybe even your state. These are the places, the boundaries (Acts 17:26), in which the Lord has set you for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). Every day, every vacation, every work trip, you are coming in contact with people the Lord chose to place in your path that day. You have the opportunity to share. This is how you go where you already exist.
2 .Identify one way to stretch out of your comfort zone.
It is easy to go according to our daily routine, but it is much more difficult to take a step of faith and go somewhere different, perhaps in a moment of need. Set a goal with your family or your friends to take one step out of your comfort zone this year. Plan a trip to another part of your state or the country. Join a group going overseas as part of your church. First Dallas sends groups on mission trips to other countries annually in order to meet needs and share the gospel.
If you have a certain skill set, consider joining an organization as a volunteer that allows you to be on call if a disaster, such as a tornado or hurricane, strikes your city or state. Going to help in peoples’ time of need may be the greatest picture of the gospel that they will ever see.
3. Identify how to make your change a lifestyle.
Going isn’t a one-time action. It is a lifelong pursuit to be obedient and spread the gospel of Jesus Christ until the whole world hears. Once you stretch outside your comfort zone, take another step and create a lifestyle. Plan one weekend a month to take your kids to some part of your city to meet a need and share the gospel. Volunteer with internationals or refugees, learn their culture, and share Jesus. If these people go back home, they will literally take the gospel with them to the ends of the earth. Find an international trip to volunteer or serve with annually.
Going can be a terrifying, rewarding act of obedience that blesses and changes you and those with whom you come in contact. It’s a step of faith. It’s a lifestyle and a discipline. Check out our opportunities to serve or our mission opportunities. We look forward to taking the journey with you!
Written by First Dallas Staff