And it is our job to go out into the world and spread that word . . .
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, 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 28:19-20 NIV)
Somewhere out there is a person who is in the same place I was in February. They are lost. They are empty. They are searching but they don’t know what they are searching for. Maybe the word has been shared with them, but they have never really heard it. That is what keeps me going.
My church is starting a new campus in an area that is very unreceptive to anything (and anyone) new. We have reached out the people on many occasions through various means: door knocking, service projects, flyers. A few connections have been made between members of my church and members of that community. This afternoon we went down for our first service in that community. Everyone from my church eagerly gave of their time to help do the work God gave us as his children and spread his word. When the time came that we hoped to see people from the community arriving . . .
I fought off the feeling of discouragement that tried to creep into my heart as our pastor stood before us and saw only the people that had come from our campus. He hoped . . . I hoped . . . We all hoped . . .that at least one person would come. I went to the bathroom and cried.
I am not discouraged. I am not ready to throw in the towel. If anything the lack of people at our opening service in that community has given me more motivation. It showed me how hard we must fight against Satan to spread the word of God, and how hard Satan will fight against us to keep us from doing that.
Somewhere in that community is someone who has never heard the word of God. Somewhere in that community is someone who is lost and doesn’t know how to get found. Somewhere in that community is someone who is in the dark and doesn’t know where the light is. Somewhere in that community is someone who is looking for us just as hard as we are looking for them.
Satan will fight us in our search, but God will lead us ever forward. Satan will try to stop us from spreading the word of God, but God has put in it our heart to keep moving forward in that community. He will show us the way to get to the person who is waiting for us.
He will lead us to the person just as He led someone to us to show us the way when we were lost and in the dark.
We were lost and now we are found. We heard the word and we heard God’s command to us . . . To go out and continue to spread His message. We will keep moving forward because God has our back every single step of the way.
Until next time . . .