"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." Matthew 28:19
As I've been speaking to churches over the past 8 months, the Holy Spirit repeatedly brings this scripture out. So much so, I've just started putting it in my notes.
Some people delineate the work "GO." Some focus on the word "MAKE." The phrase that has been ringing out in my spirit is "of all nations." So many times (especially in the American church), this phrase is ignored, passed over, and many times even omitted (at least mentally). This scripture is a call to go and make disciples...OF ALL NATIONS. When we omit this, we are no longer following the Gospel God gave us. We rewrite it to fit our comfortable American dream.
The Great Commission is not a call for the preacher, the pastor, the missionary, the evangelist...it is a call for ALL BELIEVERS. You cannot omit the call to go. You cannot omit the call to make disciples. And there is no way you can omit the call to all nations. Every believer is called to participate in missions. Every believer. All of us. All.
So, I challenge you. Don't just skip over phrases like "of all nations." You might just be narrowing the reality of your calling, the reality of your potential, and might just being saying no to a person who was counting on you to receive the Gospel.
Should everyone sell their houses and move to Africa? No. But every believer on earth should be sending and going. Give sacrificially of your finances to missions. Pray for missions. Go on missions trips. And don't EVER omit the reality that we are all missionaries in our communities.