The call to missions is not just to those abroad, it is also to our neighbors across the street. When Jesus commissions us to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19), it’s a commission for here and there, near and far. Jesus’ disciples are to go and be His “witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Every one of Jesus’ disciples is called to this mission. We’ve been entrusted with the Gospel and are sent as ambassadors of the reconciliation God has made possible through Jesus Christ. Whether we go around the world or across the street, we are all missionaries with the greatest news the world has ever known.
Every single one of us knows people far from Jesus who are near to us where we live, work, learn, and play. We are supernaturally and strategically placed in a network of relationships to shine the love of Jesus and share His saving good news!
Today we turn our attention to the streets of Chicago and the local mission we are all called to. This city is full of people that God loves and that Jesus died for. They may never come to church, but we, the church, can go to them! That’s what it means to go and be the church—we are a people changing our world through mission!
Because those around us are loved, more than they know!