Go, Make Disciples

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“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.” —Hudson Taylor, missionary to China

We like routine. Routines are good for us, for our children, and for our overall predictability of life. Typically, we shop in the same places, eat in the same restaurants, and go to church with people who are familiar to us. We drive the same routes, run the same paths, and keep a pretty consistent schedule of events from year to year.

As a pastor’s wife, it’s easy for me to find myself surrounded by believers (or those who have heard the gospel) all the time. It takes effort for me to look beyond the people of our church and in my immediate circles to see the unreached surrounding us next door.

The Book of Matthew tells of how Jesus reached out to those who were diseased and afflicted—those in need of healing and a Savior. These people were probably not a part of His normal routine. They were outside of His usual crowd of disciples.

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9:36).

Jesus provided a way for these people to have a Shepherd by going outside of what was considered normal behavior for a religious leader and seeking out those who were lost. He left His typical routine, His safety, and His comfort for the sake of God’s glory among all people. He came to us. He went to the people.

And His compassion toward them was stirred to prayer for more laborers for the harvest.

Where are some new places we can go to reach those who haven’t been reached?

Maybe it means going to the public park or library instead of a playdate in a friend’s home, volunteering to serve in our community with our children, or ministering to those in our neighborhood through the Lottie cookie project or with our Mission Friends, GA, or RA group.

There are many ways we can reach the unreached in our area of the world. Let’s look to the crowds and pray to the Lord of the harvest to join Him in reaching His people.

Courtney Simpson is “momma” to 2 girls under 3. She’s a pastor’s wife and an advocate for all believers to be on mission.

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