THE FIRST STEP IS THE HARDEST
By Mike Bickley, Lead Pastor at Olathe Bible Church, Olathe, Kansas
Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.
[Jesus said:] “Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”
Sometimes the first step is the hardest.
Perhaps you’re facing a calculus test that covers so much it seems overwhelming. You have no idea where to start. But then it happens. You take the first step. You do your first practice calculus problem. Now you have started and are on your way. You have a foothold for conquering what was overwhelming. Maybe your retirement is so far away that opening a 401k seems ridiculous. The amount the charts show you will need looks astronomical. But then, you deposit the first $50. The future is still nowhere near reality, but it’s also no longer just a dream. You have begun.
Once you start something, once you take tangible steps toward an objective, the overwhelming becomes doable and the astronomical becomes conceivable. But before you get moving, before you take that first step, the mountains of uncertainties, unknowns and what-ifs look impossible to overcome. They form an imaginary barrier that flashes like a neon sign saying, “This will never happen.”
Today’s reading reminds us that making disciples is our first and primary mission. But it won’t just happen. To accomplish this mission, we have to “go.” So, go. Get going. Do something. Take a step. Reach out to a lost friend. Invite your neighbors over for dinner. Follow up with that new Christian. Start a small group for seekers. Get going…today!
Who is the one person you need to “go” to and engage to help them live as Christ’s disciple?
Father, open my eyes to see all those nearby who might be far from you. Help me to “go” and seek them out and love them as you love me.