Read Matthew 28:18-20
Make disciples. Period. The mission Jesus gave us became crystal clear when Julie and I began attending Grace. Sure, I had dabbled in it. I had shared my faith “when I was comfortable,” or when it was less intimidating. I had been involved with Bible studies, had regular, personal devotional times. But the clarion call of Jesus to the church to make disciples came to life and dressed up in living color at Grace.
The fact that this mission is an all-in statement inspired me even more. Jesus was calling me to give all that I am and all that I have for as long as I can to accomplish that for which He gave His life.
And to sit across from someone and see them cross over from death to life… there’s nothing like it. It’s addicting.
Suffice it to say, that mission of Jesus captured my heart… big time. And I went all in. So much so that I eventually experienced Jesus’ gentle, persistent calling to give up my pursuit of an academic profession and devote myself to vocational ministry.
I found it nearly inconceivable that God would have a place for me – a contribution, if you will – to this cosmic endeavor of disciplining the nations. I was in awe of it. It surpassed my imagination. You might say it was “immeasurably more than all [I] could ask or imagine.”
What’s more, that vision spurred a lifelong commitment to growth and discovery that still burns white hot today.
I began my ministry at Grace leading evangelism and missions. But, eventually, our church grew to the point where we needed someone to help lead our staff to stay on-point with the mission of making disciples. When asked by our board if I would be content with that, given my love for evangelism, I said, “Yes, because I believe I will have more influence over the evangelistic temperature of our church than I ever had before. I will be able to press the Great Commission into every aspect of our ministry.”
I love my ministry at Grace because I get to do just that. I love seeing how every aspect of our ministry tangibly contributes to Jesus’ command to “make disciples of the 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.”
Every weekend worship service. Every kids lesson. Every student Grace Group. Every adult Grace Group. Every missions trip. Every event. Every video. Every social media post. Every dollar of every financial contribution. Every one of all these things… tangibly contributing to God’s relentless pursuit of the lost through the church.
I. Love. Working. Here! I’m all in! And I can’t wait to do it again, tomorrow.