“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirt.”
As Christians, God has called every one of us to shine for Him in this crooked and perverse world. We all know this and have read the verse above a hundred times, but do we really actually do it? Are we really wholeheartedly following Jesus’ command to make His name known? Sometimes, we can get so caught up in our own pleasure that we forget there are people all around us who know very little about Jesus. Try to imagine your life without Jesus for a moment. Just think of not having His love and hope in your life. Think of how empty and alone you would feel. Well, there are people all around you who feel just like this because they don’t have Jesus in their life. We are called to change this. We are called to tell these people about God’s love and forgiveness, to tell them that all they have to do is reach out and accept this amazing, free gift from God. I love Kirk Cameron’s way of putting this:
“If you had the cure to cancer, wouldn’t you share it? You have the cure to death, so get out there and share it!”
God can use us in so many different ways to further His kingdom. He can call some people to minister to those in their own neighborhood, while He can call others to go to a whole different country. He may even place one particular person in your life that He wants you to minister and show His love to. This is where we should be praying and asking Him every day how He wants to use us to spread the gospel. If we are the hands and feet of Christ, then we should be reaching out to the unbelievers. We should be shining for Christ daily. First Timothy says, “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Jesus wants everyone to believe in Him. This is why He has commanded us so many times in the Bible to make His name known. So let’s get out there and do it.