When I was in high school I had a list of rules concerning who I would date. Here’s what my list looked like...
1. The boy has to be a Christian.
That was it. One rule. He didn't have to be walking in the Spirit. He didn’t have to have good boundaries. He didn’t even really have to treat me that great. As long as he said he was a Christian, I would date him.
As I went through college, this rule pretty much remained the same until something happened- I had the worst relationship and then breakup ever. In ending the relationship, I saw that I had completely wasted the past few months of my life. I had been totally consumed in the relationship instead of the Great Commission.
After that relationship ended, I looked at my dating history and began to realize that I didn’t just want a boyfriend who was a professing Christian. I wanted a HUSBAND who cared about making Christ known! A husband who could actually participate in the Great Commission alongside me!
Almost 11 years ago I was walking down the street in downtown Denver with my then friend/now husband Jesse. Three times in a row the Lord gave us an opportunity to either share the gospel or encourage someone else in their faith. Three times! Both Jesse and I saw that the Great Commission and relationships didn’t have to be in conflict with each other.
Jesse and I have been married now for almost 10 years. The great commission is something that is part of the identity of our marriage!
Phillippians 1:27 says, "Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see your or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith in the gospel." (emphasis mine)
I love that this cannot only take place amongst friends and church people, but it can also take place in marriage! Jesse and I can strive together as one for the faith in the gospel! This past New Year’s Eve, we found ourselves yet again in Downtown Denver getting in conversations with people about Jesus. Romans 1:16 says that the gospel is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes. When Jesse and I are participating in sharing the gospel with people we get to actually see the power of God in action! Can you think of anything more exciting than that?
What are some things you and your husband could do that would be actively participating in the Great Commission? Are you intentional in telling your kids about Jesus together? Have you ever thought about having a neighbor over to share the gospel? What about just going out and meeting people together so that you can get in spiritual conversations?
If you would like some ideas or tools on how to share the gospel, check out the super great resources we have for you under the Tools tab under Growth Resources and the Evangelism pull down box. It is filled with helpful ideas of how to get into conversations and other great stuff.
Rhonda attended Oklahoma Baptist University for two years until she felt called to reach out to a secular campus. She then transferred to Mesa State where she graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in Counseling Psychology. She now serves as a missionary to college students and has a passion for reaching out to young women. God has a purpose and design for who he wants Godly women to be, and Rhonda is excited about helping women find freedom and joy in His purpose.
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