As followers of Jesus our calling is very clear:
“Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” – Matthew 28:18-20
When considering the Great Commission, we often think of missionaries going to far off lands – and if we haven’t felt God’s calling to go ourselves we tend to think of our role in evangelism and discipleship as limited to praying for those who have gone, sending financial support, and possibly the occasional short term trip.
But did you know that while God definitely wants you to help reach THE world by supporting global missions, he’s also called you to reach YOUR world right where you are – and that’s a calling only YOU can fulfill.
So what exactly does “your world” include? Obviously that means your immediate and extended family, people within your church, your neighbors, and your associates & customers from work. It also means your broader network of social media connections. In other words, everyone you come into contact with – both in person and online.
There’s also one more very strategic “mission field” people often forget about, and that’s your “tribe” of people who share your greatest passions.
The people who share your passions (whether sports, business, hunting, paintball, etc.) may be your most strategic arena for outreach – especially if you are in a position of influence within that community. Why? Because people listen to others they know, like and trust – and people tend to know, like and trust those who share their greatest passions. Your common interests and shared experiences with your “tribe” make you uniquely qualified to reach them with what they need most – the love and forgiveness of the God who created them and the Savior who died for them.
Regardless of what “your world” means to you, I encourage you to prayerfully consider whether you are currently making the most of the ministry opportunities God has placed right in front of you. If not, I would love to help you maximize your impact to YOUR World as together we reach THE World.
Throughout this website you’ll find links to the best articles, sermons, videos, and other resources I’ve found on fulfilling the Great Commission (both locally and abroad) from wherever God has placed you. I’m always looking for new ways to empower your evangelism and discipleship efforts, so check back often. And feel free to contact me if there are any other great resources you think I should share. – Kent