“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.” –Matthew 28:19
This verse is part of Christ’s Great Commission. As followers of Christ, this is an awesome commandment and responsibility we all share. My question is, how often do we go, but only halfway?
As athletes, we are constantly around teammates, competitors, and others who don’t know Christ. We go to practices, competitions, and social events where we are surrounded by people in need of a Savior, yet end up only going halfway—showing up, but not engaging them in what is most important to us: Jesus Christ. What stops us from going the whole way? Sometimes it’s simple forgetfulness or distractions, sometimes it’s fear, and sometimes it’s a lack of confidence or willingness to be different.
I encourage us all to do as Christ commands—“Go . . .”—but go all the way. Don’t stop halfway by only being in the same place, on the same team, or in a close relationship with a friend. Let’s show Christ through our actions and words, making disciples of all nations. As we do this, remember the last part of the Commission, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” We aren’t going alone!
1. How often do you go halfway in Christ’s Great Commission?
2. What prevents you from going the whole way?
3. When and where can you go all the way today, sharing Christ as you go?
Mark 13:10-11; 16:15; 2 Corinthians 5:20; Colossians 1:28
Father, thank You for Your Son and His sacrifice. I admit that too often I fall short of sharing You with others, simply going halfway. I pray for Your forgiveness and ask for a renewed sense of boldness and purpose. I want to go all the way and ask for Your strength to make the most of every opportunity. Amen.