Therefore, GO!


So many of us have a hard time with the two words which are stated above. Where am I going? Why am I going? Who am I going to? Why me? All of these are great questions, and they all need to be answered. So that is what I am going to do right now.

I used to lead a christian club at my high school, and every year I would start the school year off with a teaching about Matthew 28:19, “Jesus says, ‘All authority in Heaven and on Earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20). Now at this time in my life, I wasn’t a missionary. But I remember telling all of my peers that you don’t have to go all over the world just to fulfill the great commission. I told them that our mission field was school. We were at school for about 35 hours a week and 1,260 hours a year, which means we had plenty of time to be missionaries at school. God had given us that time in that place to glorify him and to make his name known. Now if we did that or not is a whole different story, that I don’t have time to get into. But that was the message that I taught every year: Go wherever God has placed you. And I believe that message still rings true in all of our lives. I believe that when we read the great commission, we assume it only means to pack everything up and be a missionary in some country which name we can’t pronounce, and be the hands and feet of Christ there. I believe that all of the above is fantastic and that overseas missions is fantastic! But I don’t necessarily believe everyone is called to go overseas. I think we are called to go right where we are at. We are all called to make disciples, not just converts. This can happen anywhere. It can happen at the job you work at or at the store you shop in. The key is to do it. So many people I have talked to have ask me why I go overseas when there is so much need right where I live? That leads me to these questions: what am I doing to make disciples as I live here in Adams, Tennessee? What are you doing where you live to make disciples? How can we fulfill the great commission here? I believe that it is more than just with our words; it is more than just our actions. It’s both. We need to be living out what we believe. We need to start engaging people right where they are at. Discipleship is about relationship. In the Bible, did the Apostle Paul just tell people how to be saved? And once they were saved, did he just leave them to go on to the next town? NO! He kept the relationships going. He went to see them as often as he could, and when he couldn’t visit them, he would write to them letters. He was always trying to get them to go deeper. We need to be doing the same thing! We need to be going after people who we work with or who we see on a daily basis. I don’t think God just wants more christians, but more disciples! People who are wanting, who are desperate to get to know him more! We need to be those people and go and get those people!

This is why I decided to put together the GO Tour. The GO Tour is a mobile team out of YWAM Nashville dedicated to blessing the church and making disciples. All of what I talked about in the previous paragraph is what we want to see accomplished through this tour. We want to help make make disciples who are going to be disciple-makers. In this tour we are coming to bless the church. I feel like Jesus told me to bless His bride, and that is what we want to do. By making disciples who will then turn around and make more disciples, I believe that is what Jesus means by blessing His bride. I know that God has His hand on this and I know that it is going to be a blast! Please be praying for us as we embark on this wild and crazy adventure with the Lord!

In Christ,

Mike O’Daniel