Daily Reading: Matthew 28:16–20; Mark 16:19–20

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 28:19)

I worked in Mexico for a summer leading vacation Bible school. Every day a boy stood at his fence and watched us play soccer. “Do you want to come join us?” I’d yell from across the street. With a slight glance down, he’d shake his head and say no thanks. After several weeks, I went to him and noticed what he’d been looking at. A cast extended from his waist to both feet, forcing him to remain propped against the fence for support.

I fought back tears as I realized I’d been asking him to come to me when he was incapable. “Would you like to go to VBS with me? I’ll carry you over if it’s okay with your mom.” His mom began crying as she told me how Damian had longed to join in the fun, but didn’t have a way to move from room to room as he’d noticed we did throughout VBS. She opened the gate to allow me in, greeting me in a warm embrace. I dodged chickens as I picked Damian up and brought him to the place where every day for the next six weeks he came to learn about Jesus.

I spend so much of my life waiting for people to ask me about my beliefs and faith, yet Jesus never told us to expect people to come to us. Go.

Stop waiting for others to come to you. Go make disciples.

Stacy Voss loves to run, chase her kids, and hike in the mountains with her husband outside their Colorado home.