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Daily Devotional: Wednesday, September 29 - Going Means Not Staying

“‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’” — Acts 1:8

In college, many of my friends were surfers. They’d listen to the surf report to hear where the good waves were. Here’s the thing about surfing: It is not about making waves and riding them; it’s about finding waves, going to those waves and surfing them.

In a similar vein, making disciples is not about you creating disciples; it’s about seeing where God is already at work, going to join Him in that work and making disciples.

If we are going to make disciples of Jesus Christ, we must go. “Going” can mean across the street or across the ocean, but we can’t stay. So pray that the Lord would show you where He is already working and then go there. God may show you He is working in the life of a coworker down the hall or a teammate two lockers over. Or He may show you He is working in another country.

Jesus tells us that the number of people coming to the Lord is great, but that the workers are few (Matthew 9:37-38). So He tells us to pray that God would send workers out into the harvest. Jesus also tells us we will be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). In other words, He tells us we are to go where He sends us, near and far.

So don’t stay where you are — go!

— Ikki Soma, Houston Rockets chaplain

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