“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I’ve commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28: 19-20 ESV).

When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission, He was giving them a command. He didn’t say “Don’t feel pressured or anything, but if you feel like it, go and make disciples.” He looked them dead in the eye and said, “Go”.

This command still holds true for us today. We are still called to “Go”. Granted, not everyone is called to go overseas, or to another place, but everybody is called to missions. Everybody has a mission field. Your mission field could be your workplace, your school, your local coffee shop, your favorite fast food joint, it could be anywhere. There are many times where we feel unqualified, or that someone else could do it better than us, so we just wait around for somebody else to reach out to people in those places. That’s not how this works. You were placed in that position for a reason. That’s your field.

What if everybody had that same attitude? “I’ll just wait for someone else to do it.” Nothing would ever get done! Jesus wants us to do something with our faith. He wants us to Go. So what are you waiting for? An invitation? Jesus did more than that. Jesus didn’t invite us to go, He commanded that we go.


Christmas Lights – Let Them Shine!

Christmas-Lights-SnowWhen I think about the Christmas season, I think about many things. Of course, I think about the Nativity, the Christ Child, Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, Shepherds and all that surrounds the birth of Christ. I think about how GOd so loved us He sent His Son to be a living and dying sacrifice for my sins. I think about how Jesus emptied himself and became a man, left heaven, His Father’s side to become flesh and blood in order to identify with humanity. Recently, I have been thinking about the lights.

In Matthew 5:14, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world…let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” If I can take some liberty… During this season the Christmas lights are everywhere. From the simple to the elaborate, Christmas lights decorate every city, every neighborhood, and even in the country, people express their Christmas cheer with “lights.”

Every time I see Christmas lights (may its just a “Rod” thing), I see the Light of the World, Jesus. I am challenged, with each Christmas display of colored lights, to let my inner light shine. To let this world see Jesus in me. It’s as if the whole world, perhaps without realizing  it, is  sharing the Gospel message: The Light of the World has  come!

I want to do as an old chorus that was quoiting scripture challenged, “Arise, shine for the Light has come and the Glory of the Lord has risen upon  me.”

Let your “light” shine, church, this  Christmas Season!

~Pastor Rod

“Preach the Gospel, and If Necessary, Use Words”

“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13).

There was nothing special about Peter and John. They were ordinary, common men who were bold in their faith. That boldness is what told people they had been with Jesus. I feel like this is something that we all need to think about from time to time. When people look at us, what do they see? Do they see Jesus? Or do they see something else? It isn’t about having the proper education or the proper upbringing. That’s not what our lives are about. Our lives as Christians are about showing people Jesus.

Francis of Assisi said,

“Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.”

That’s what our lives should be. We should be living lives so sold out for Jesus that we should not even have to speak for people to know that we are with Jesus. I challenge you this week to look at your life and ask God, “What people look at me, do they see you Son? Or do they see something else?” Then ask God to reveal ways that you can show people Jesus.