Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | February 28, 2009

The “Wait” of the World

   “Why didn’t you come sooner?” the woman asked. “I have waited my whole life to hear such a wonderful message of hope.” Those words, spoken by an elderly woman in Ukraine in 1996, reminded our volunteer mission team of why we had traveled so far. At the other end of Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19), we found ordinary people longing and searching for meaning in life.

   After His resurrection, Jesus met with His followers (Matthew 28:16-17) and commanded them to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19). A disciple is more than a convert. A disciple is one who hears, understands, and obeys the teachings of Jesus. Jesus commanded His followers to go to “the nations” (Matthew 28:19). Our word ethnic is related to the word “nations” and refers to people groups. We are to take the gospel to all people groups within the geographical boundaries we know as “nations” and wherever else on the planet those peoples may live.

   To “make disciples of all the nations” requires that some believers leave their homelands. All Christ-followers should be willing to leave the security of their homes. Some are called to serve in other places for a lifetime or for extended periods of time. Others are able to participate in short-term initiatives. Numerous opportunities exist for those interested in working among the nations (people groups) in their own communities and beyond. We must do whatever it takes to share the gospel with every people group in the world. We can do so with the assurance that Jesus is with us (Matthew 28:20).

   Help change the world by becoming personally involved in missions initiatives locally and abroad. Don’t overlook the nations living in your own neighborhood and workplace. Whether you go beyond at home or abroad, you’ll find no shortage of people waiting to hear the good news. As God to help you feel the “wait” of the world.

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