When we become Christians, we are changed by the renewing of our minds through Scripture, prayer, and lifestyle changes that reflect our commitment to Christ. And whether you know it or not, your life becomes a display, a living testament, of all God has done for you.
Part of our calling as Christians is to participate in and fulfill the Great Commission where Jesus told us: “Therefore go 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). Most of us read that verse and think, “Oh, missionaries! God wants me to be a missionary in a foreign country.”
Almost. God calls some of us to the mission field in another region or country, but for many of us, our mission field is right at home.
The Great Commission is simply this: show and tell others what God has done for you. Here are some practical ways of doing so:
- Our attitude (are you more cheerful than you were before knowing Jesus?)
- A change in priorities (does your Bible time trump your TV or internet time?)
- Friendship changes (do you still hang out with people that are maybe bad influences in your life?)
The things you do every day that display who Christ is, whether big or small, captures the attention of the people around you. Think of yourself on a page in a book with neon highlighter markings all around you. Why does this matter? Because Jesus calls you to live differently from the rest of the world.
Don’t strive to blend in. Stand out, stand bold, stand brave. Let God’s Spirit work within you and help you live in faithfulness to him as you interact with those around you.
_Father, thank you for all you’ve done in my life. Show me how I can tell others about who you are and how you’ve changed my life. Forgive me for neglecting the mission you’ve given me. Give me the strength to change my attitude, my priorities, and my friendships for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Throughout this Day: Reflect on what your life used to look like before you gave your life to Jesus. What is different? What is the same? What things in your life have remained the same that do not align with how Jesus calls you to live? Consider praying through Matthew 5:3-16 over your life.
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