The world swirls around us with one horrible scandal after another, with temptation and danger lurking around every corner.  It is easy to become anxious and terrified.  Have you ever envied an ostrich who buries his head in the sand and pretends he is hidden and insulated from the threats he no longer can see?  I know I have.  In our technologically advanced times can’t someone invent a force field to protect us from all the sorrow, hardships and evil in the world?  The answer to that question is NO!

We must live in this world while not being a part of it (Rom. 12:2).  Our life here is one of preparing for eternal life (2 Pet. 3:11-13).  We are also here to influence this world for good, to come to know and obey God (Matt. 5:13-16).

When considering Jesus’ Great Commission to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you,” we correctly emphasize the baptizing, teaching and observing aspect of that directive, but are we as intent on fulfilling the very first part of it: Go?

Clearly, for some of us, “going” is the most difficult part.  If those in the world come to us we are fine and comfortable with that (at least in most cases), but venturing out into the world with all its hazards and threats is difficult.  It’s easier to remain in the security and familiarity of our environment where God is loved, praised and obeyed.  After all, God commands that we not be unequally yoked with unbelievers and actually come out from among them and be separate (2 Cor. 6:14-18).

Attempting to justify our failure to actively go into the world to make an impact for good is much like being an ostrich—our heads are buried in the sand.  We give the world an image opposite of the one God directs us to portray.  “…God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control.  Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord….” (2 Tim. 1:7).    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:17).

If we believe, fully convinced that it is true, how is it reflected in our lives regarding those who are lost?  Do we try to adapt the adage “it is better to be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt” to our influence and evangelism of others?  Do we think “it is better not to make waves and risk unpopularity than to speak up and be ridiculed and rejected”?

If saints had been afraid to tell others about the gospel, we would not be in Christ today.  This world needs us.  God has made us, equipped us and is sending us into the world as a righteous influence and as reflecting lights of Jesus Christ. Now GO!