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18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 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 28:18-20
These are words from the “Great Commission”, given by Jesus to His disciples at the end of His time on earth. Words that His disciples took to heart and followed, words that we should take to heart and follow as well. I think if we were honest with ourselves, we would all agree that we need to do more in our disciple making endeavors.
Unless you are a full-time missionary to some distant land, I’m sure you feel like you could and should be doing more to spread the Gospel laid out in the book of Matthew; and for the most part, I think you would be right–we can all be doing more to share the love of Jesus to all nations. Whether that means more giving of finances, more prayer time, or actually planning a trip overseas. We need to be doing what we can to reach the people Jesus told us to reach. These are all great and very important. However,
My dad once told me, “the only possessions that you can take to heaven with you is your family.” Now, he said this talking about materialism, and not focusing on accumulating as much stuff as possible. But, the words struck me in a different way. As a husband and father, my first and greatest mission field is my family. As the spiritual head of my household, my job given to me by God is to lead and direct my family towards the things of Christ. Joshua 24:15 “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.”
Being in the ministry for 15 years, I have seen men who have large, far-reaching ministries, but end up losing their kids and wives because they forget about the harvest field down the hall in their homes. No amount of success in ministry is worth neglecting and sacrificing your family for. We need to be on our knees praying for our wives and kids daily. We need to be asking God to give us the wisdom to lead, guide, and direct our families. We need to be the ones teaching our kids what the Bible says.
In every heart, of every man, who is a true follower of Christ, lies the desire to do something great for God. But, in our desire to do great things for God and to obey the great commission let’s not forget those that God has entrusted us with that we see across the dinner table every night.