“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 everything I have commanded you.
And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
What Making Disciples Looks Like When God Says “Stay”
My parents came to visit one weekend and just before leaving, my dad leaned in to share some words of encouragement with me. He said, “Every day I pray your words will touch women’s hearts who will touch their families who will touch their communities who will touch the world.”
Tears came to my eyes as I nodded and thought, “Yes, that’s exactly it.”
When we think about going into all the world and making disciples it’s easy to assume we need to change our location.
But when we see it as only that, we misunderstand the holy ripple effect of God’s love. We miss how the smile we offer to the cashier can later be passed along to the weary nurse, who’s grabbing lunch, and help give her the strength to hold the hand of someone we’ll never meet as they battle cancer.
We don’t know how the kind word we speak to a friend will give her the courage she needs when she goes on the business trip to another continent and has a chance to answer the unexpected question, “What’s so different about you?”
We will probably never see — this side of heaven — how being obedient in the here-and-now can wondrously go on and on through generations to someday make a difference in the then-and-there.
So if you’re in a season where what God is whispering to your heart is not “move” but “stay,” know that it doesn’t mean your reach is any less. It’s not any less spiritual. It’s not any less filled with potential and purpose.
We serve a God who is not boxed in by time, circumstances, or geography. He is everywhere, all the time, with everyone. His work in and through us is wild, mysterious and unlimited. And in any given moment, if we want to know the best place to start sharing His love, all we need to do is look down at the ordinary, sacred ground right beneath our feet.
How do you make disciples in your everyday ordinary?