by Laura Forman
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.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)
My husband and I had been church shopping for months. I, a new Christian, and David, a bit deeper in his the faith, could not list the mandatory prerequisites. We told ourselves, “we’ll know it when we see it”.
We both came to Jesus later in life. The catalyst? A friend stepping out to share his beliefs, an accepted invitation to service and the Spirit moving us step by step through each. I know our friend Austin isn’t the reason I’m Christian- it was Holy Spirit working through him, reaching my husband first and then eventually grabbing hold of my heart. We are forever grateful.
Instinctively we knew we belonged, not only at Immanuel, but with friends that would help us share our faith in real and loving ways. It was an act of courage for Austin to reach out to David, and for David to me. We are simultaneously inspired, encouraged and supported in Go! Mobile (affectionately referred to as “the huddle”) .
I listen during our meetings to how God has worked similarly through our members- to touch a friend, neighbor, relative or even a complete stranger . Knowing that only those ready to hear will listen with an open heart, we pray for wisdom and for each other.
The action is both big- leading Micro Alpha, Celebrate Recovery or a neighborhood Bible study, and small- getting to know a next-door neighbor, praying with someone in need, walking beside a grieving parent.
We reach out as we are called. Starting with prayer, we move on to relationship (often involving meals shared) and eventually share the Gospel, following the beautiful nature of an Pray – Eat – Love lifestyle. There is no telling how long it will take or whom God will place in our paths. We don’t measure progress by how many come to attend church, but instead how well we follow the command to “go.”
Go! Mobile is a part of the larger Go! Project, focusing not only on our immediate neighbors, but everyone within our sphere of influence. It is about shifting from thinking to action — to becoming “doers of the Word”. Fear is addressed, as are busy schedules and not knowing where to start.
In a dark and hurting world, we have the opportunity to shine the light of Jesus as a beacon to others.
My husband shared my distress during a difficult time in our lives a few years ago. Little did I know, he had been praying with Austin that I would come to know Jesus. Unlike me, David had a certain peace about him. At a particularly low point, one line of scripture spoken at the same moment a cross came into view changed my life forever.
You may never know the answer of your prayers, relationships or love for others. A few words or a simple gesture lend love to those who are searching for it. Because I was shown the path from darkness to light, from death to life … because I have been re-born in Christ, I commit to “go” and help others do the same.
How are you going? Will you join us?
Go! Mobile meets on the first Sunday of the month during service, email David Forman at firstname.lastname@example.org for information. Visit the Go! Project website at www.thegoproject.org to watch training videos and to learn more about the Go! Project and Go! Mobile.
Laura Forman is married to David and they live in Gurnee with their five children. She is a personal trainer, freelance writer and can be found at church or www.lauralisaforman.com.