I’ve been caught saying the phrase “Go BIG for God!” a lot lately. Usually, it is when someone is telling me about some of their ministry activities that are coming up. I guess it’s supposed to be my Christian version of “Good luck.” But, I guess I never really thought about what that particular phrase meant…until recently.
In our Christian walk, we are called to share Christ with others. No doubt, we find this command several places in the New Testament. Of course Matthew 28:18-20 always comes to mind:
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 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.”
Equally powerful is the Third Angel’s message found in Revelation 14:6.
And I saw another angel flying through the sky, carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world—to every nation, tribe, language, and people.
After thinking and praying about what it means to “Go BIG for God,” I was struck with the simplicity of it all. Going BIG for God is sharing the Gospel message. Not only that, the BIG part of it tells us exactly how to do it! Check it out:
Be there for someone
Initiate a conversation
Give the Gospel message
In this world, people need to know we care. It must be a genuine caring. So, when I write “Be there,” I mean that we are their friends, showing true love and compassion. The person is not another notch to put on our “Coverted” plaque. They are a person that deserves our love, attention, and respect.
Now that you are there for them, “Initiate a conversation.” Don’t stop at the superficial “Friends” stage. Get to know them. Ask questions about their life; share your own. Be real. Be transparent. Get to know who they are, and what they’ve experienced; what victories they’ve had in life, and what challenges they have faced, or are currently facing. Have real, genuine conversations with them.
Finally, “Give the Gospel.” How can you truly be someone’s friend and not let them know that the God of the universe loves them even more than you do?! It doesn’t need to be a fancy sermon, or some in-depth study of theological mysteries. Let them know what you believe. Let them know how you personally have experienced the love of Christ in your life.
Every day of your life, make it a point to Go BIG for God. Be the change in this world. Show love. Show respect. Show friendship. Show Christ. It is a lifestyle; not a 1 and done type of deal. I challenge you to try this in your life. I guarantee that your relationships with others will become stronger, and your relationship with the One will become more amazing than you could ever imagine. Come on: I dare you! Go BIG for God.