I have been listening the audio book by Bob Goff ” Everybody Always”. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. It’s a really good book about loving people. And not in the “because the Bible tells me to” but the in practical everyday life reality of who we are called to be in Christ.
Early on in his book, he challenged me about being called a missionary. We are all on the mission field and we are all called to “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” – Matthew 28:19-20.
We are not all going to travel across oceans or countries to make disciples, but Jesus’ disciples made other disciples wherever they were. We are called to be love to a world that doesn’t know Jesus – in our schools, at our work, with our family and friends, with our neighbors, with those who may be forgotten or cast aside. We don’t need to be called missionaries, we just need to love and serve people so they know Jesus.
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!“ – Romans 10:14-15
So the challenge to all of us is, who can we bring the Good News to? Who can we love? As we move into the New Year, my prayer for you, and for myself, is to be Jesus to those in my daily life: in word, in action, in attitude, in service, and in LOVE. Always.