Weekend Thoughts…Have I Really Gone?

Happy Saturday everyone! Hopefully you are having a wonderful and relaxed Saturday. Ours has been so nice. After Brandon taught a morning prayer class at our church, we met some good friends and my mom for Thai food. It was so yummy. And the kids had so much fun.

So Brandon and I have been doing quite a bit of talking about the Great Commission. Are you familiar with it? If not, the Great Commission is what Christians call several verses in the Bible from Mark 28:19-20:

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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 Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

The Great Commission is often preached, taught, encouraged by almost all Christian churches worldwide…but I have been wondering…do I REALLY do this? This is something my family has been evaluating in our personal lives for a while now, wondering, are we really “going”? Really, really going into the whole world, to all nations? Or are we just going to the church world only?

I have to be honest and say my fear is that we have gotten so used to ministering to the church that we have forgotten about those outside of the church who really need us to GO. 

I think I really started thinking about this when I was at a Bible study filled with first time church goers. I mean people who have NEVER, EVER been to a church of any kind, picked up a Bible or really understood who Jesus was. I think that sometimes it’s hard to believe that such people actually exist. Especially when we surround ourselves in a environment of people where just about everyone and anyone is a Christian. It’s easy to do that, you know? Easy to live amongst ourselves…our community that we as a church have worked so hard to build. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking the community..it is important and NEEDED. I love our community. But I’m not sure that’s what Jesus was speaking of when He told us to GO. I’m not sure He was telling us to go to our community of Christians ONLY. I’m pretty sure he was telling us to go OUTSIDE of our Christian social circle as well.

At this Bible study I was surrounded by people who have never even opened a Bible. They had no idea what a “book” of the Bible was, what a “chapter” or a “verse” was. NO IDEA. Everything they heard was new to them, it was fresh. It was LIFE.

I can’t explain to you how amazing it was to watch these people soak up the Word like they did. I’m pretty sure a little bit of life was reaching into them. It brought me to tears to see faces go from hard to soft when hearing about the love of Christ. It was powerful.

So I guess the past couple of weeks I just keep thinking about “GO”. And I’m convicted. Because I’m not really sure I’ve really GONE. I mean, I love and teach and reach the community within. The Christians that come to our church. Those who walk through our doors. Many of them born and raised here. Sure, maybe they have never made a solid commitment and I help them do that, but they already know about Jesus and really are already interested and integrated. Although I need to reach those people too {and I adore doing it, so much so}, ministering to them only is an easy trap to fall into and stay into…it’s comfortable and non threatening, it’s where I want to be. But at what point is this “going” in my life become an external thing and not an internal thing? At what point am I really going to GO?

As I helped those brand new people struggle to flip through the Bible and find a verse…I realize now I am really going. As I step outside of my comfort zone and teach a Bible study to the down and out, I realize I have gone. When I look past the hardness, the outward, the “lack of”, I realize I have really gone. When I understand that this Great Commission is bigger than just reaching out to the church only…it goes way beyond the church and into the world…I realize I have really GONE.

I am pretty sure the reason why I have never gone isn’t for lack of compassion or desire to help, but mainly for lack of exposure. I have to be willing to put myself in the pathway of those who really need and have never heard the message I have to offer, get beyond the fear of sharing it, and be willing to stick in there with them as they grow. Because this growing process with be a lengthy. I have to be willing to go…and stay going.

Because in the end, if I am moved I can make a difference, “And of some have compassion, making a difference” Jude 1

Thanks for listening friends. Much love to you all. Shall we go? :)  xoxo

One thought on “Weekend Thoughts…Have I Really Gone?

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    Susan says:

    Amy – thank you for sharing your heart ! Pastor Tim has been teaching this – we have to love, REALLY love, those outside the four walls of our church! The down & out – the hurting! Jesus help us to GO!

    Love and appreciate you SO much!

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