I am an activist. I want to get up and do something. I want my life to count. One way that I feel significant is if I am busy doing things that contribute to a larger cause. Can you relate?
As a follower of Jesus, I realize that the greatest cause I can give my life to is making disciples of all nations. Jesus delivered the Great Commission to the Church to be the marching orders and focus of every believer. So, let’s get after it!
However, my temptation is to begin thinking I am the one making disciples. My temptation is to think that if I work hard enough, if I put in enough hours and focus, then disciple making will happen. Essentially, I can begin living as if God’s mission in the world is ultimately up to me, just like I was trying to sell a new product in the marketplace.
Psalm 127:1 gives us a great reminder that we must rely upon God to do the work, not our own efforts: “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” We are fools to think all our hard work can accomplish anything of eternal, spiritual significance apart from God actually doing the work in peoples’ lives. The Lord must build the house!
So, we pray. We humble ourselves before the throne of God and beg Him to change hearts, to change communities, to change nations. We fall on our knees and acknowledge that making disciples of all nations is God’s work and we are blessed to be a part of it. We can do nothing apart from Him.
When we depend on our organizations, we get what organizations can do; when we depend upon education, we get what education can do; when we depend upon man, we get what man can do; but when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do. — AC Dixon
Dustin Speaks is the Mission Mobilization Pastor. He and his wife, Lauren, arrived in Columbus in the fall of 2012, after several initial ministry experiences. Dustin previously served as an associate pastor in South Dakota and as a missionary to university students in Berlin, Germany. Dustin studied history at Ohio University, where he met Lauren, and was involved in campus ministry with Cru. After graduation, the Speaks went to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Chicago) to complete a degree in Intercultural Studies. He enjoys playing nearly all ball sports—basketball, golf, and soccer are his favorites. Dustin and Lauren have three young children.