The United States is the third highest nation in the world for unchurched people.͟ This was one of the opening statistics that were given to us at ReEquip this year. When this was said, I thought it couldn’t be true, but thinking about now this becomes true.
One of Jesus’ last commands on Earth and our mission as Christians is to ͞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, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20) As Christians are we charged with making disciples and bringing others to Christ.
This doesn’t always mean that people will just come to a church or just ask you about God. When Jesus was on Earth, His ministry was not just at the temple. Actually most of His discipleship and teaching took place outside the church. He was on this Earth for roughly 30 years before the public knew that he was the Son of God. He build relationships with people and then started His ministry. What the church needs today is Christians that have in mind to make other disciples that make other disciples, and so on, while building relationships with others.
The youth group is going through the armor of God this month and one of the pieces of armor is feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:15)
This means that they are ready to share the gospel. Without these we are stationary Christians, shoeless Christians. Many people know that Jesus is the truth and they have a right relationship with Jesus but they are not READY to share the good news of Jesus with anyone. They are shoeless. They are stationary soldiers. We do not need more stationary people, but ACTION packed Christians who want to be ready to share the peace of Christ with the people around us.
So as we go through our day, who are those people that we can go to and bring to Christ? Who can we minister to that God has brought our way?