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Don’t Waste Your Life

“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, NLT)

Betty Jo Maddox Canada. You’ve probably never heard that name. She didn’t win any notable prizes or have any buildings named after her. But in addition to being my beloved “granny,” she was a woman who leveraged her moments to love God and love others. This past Christmas Eve, I got the call from my parents that granny, at the full age of 97, had breathed her last breath here on earth and met her Savior face-to-face. As I reflected on her life, I was struck by her faithful obedience. She loved to play the piano for her church and crochet and sew special projects. Even when she moved to an assisted living home, she made sure she brought her Brother sewing machine and had plenty of room to store her fabric in order to continue making dresses for girls in third world countries through Samaritan’s Purse. In every season of life, her focus was fixed on Jesus.

You have a story.

  • You have passions.
  • You have gifts and talents.
  • You have spheres of influence.
  • You have breaths worth leveraging.

These are not by accident and they aren’t available to anyone else but you. The question is – what are you going to do with it? It would be so much easier for us to have a burning bush moment like Moses or an audible voice waking us up in the middle of the night like Samuel.

But as I study the Bible, I see time and again women in a specific time, context, and circumstance, choosing to do the next right and brave thing:

  • The Hebrew midwives, Shiprah and Puah, saving the lives of newborn baby boys (Exodus 1:17).
  • Ruth clinging to her mother-in-law with faithful love and selflessness (Ruth 1:16).
  • Mary sacrificing her most treasured possession to display her love and devotion to Jesus (John 12:3).
  • Lydia opening her home to start the Philippian church (Acts 16:15).
  • Rufus’s mother loving and caring for Paul like he was her own son (Romans 16:13).

What if following God is simply a daily choice to faithfully leverage our resources, time, and opportunities where He is working around us?

The great commission isn’t gendered, nor does it come with a list of prerequisites requiring advanced degrees or platform followers. Jesus simply gives us the command to go and make disciples. For those of us that have had our lives turned upside down by the love and grace of Jesus, we have the privilege of sharing the gift of life with those around us.

This makes every small act infused with purpose. A conversation with your barista at your local coffee shop is an opportunity to ask him if he needs prayer. A trip to the grocery store is meal planning for you and a chance to pick up extra items for the local food pantry or popsicles to share with the neighborhood kids. Your lunch hour at work is a place to gather around a breakroom table instead of scrolling through social media.

As we discussed on In what ways is God moving you to use your gifts to bring life to those around you as you carry out the great commission?

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By Jacki C. King


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