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The Great Commission Begins at Home
by Jenny on March 10th, 2015

"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

Twice God has allowed me the incredible pleasure of traveling among the nations to encourage other women in their walk with God. Memories of the time spent with my African brothers and sisters fill me with great joy. But as wonderful as my experience in international missions was, I never would have gone to the nations if I hadn't first learned about the love of Christ at home.

Though I learned about God in junior high and high school it wasn't until I attended the School of Hard-Knocks that my relationship with God became real and personal. It wasn't until I hit rock bottom that I learned to look up into the face of my Savior and learned to allow Him to guide me through life in His strength. But once I learned those lessons at home, I found myself eager to share with women in my own hometown and abroad the hope I had found through my relationship with Christ.

Throughout the Old Testament God instructed His people to teach their children about the things He had done. Many believers are familiar with Proverbs 22:6, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it."

But what about Deuteronomy 4:9, "But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.”

Or Deuteronomy 6:6-7, "These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up."

Or Psalm 78:4, “We will not hide them from their descendants; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power, and the wonders He has done.”

Or Joel 1:3, "Tell your children about it in the years to come, and let your children tell their children. Pass the story down from generation to generation."

God clearly instructed Old Testament parents to teach their children about Him . . . but they didn't. And because children failed to learn about their Creator and Savior, many people failed to know Him at all.

Many people find the idea of short (or long) term missions exhilarating. But if we as parents don't first teach our children about God at home, who will go to the nations after our time on earth is through?

Let us apply Romans 10:14-15 to our children . . . "But how can [our children] call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can [our children] believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can [our children] hear about Him unless someone tells them? And how will [our children] go and tell [the nations] without being sent?"
In today's fast-paced world, I think many parents find it challenging to spend quality time with their children. But let us not wait until Sunday morning to teach our children about God. Let us follow the command in Deuteronomy 6:6-7, taking every opportunity to teach our children about God. Then, and only then, will we raise up the next generation ready, willing and able to continue making disciples of all nations.

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I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling, Bible-teaching mom of six, and wife to my college sweetheart. I believe everyone can live a life of abundance through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and radical obedience to His Word.

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