Mark 16:15 And then he told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone."
This is Jesus talking to his disciples right before He went back to heaven.
He told the disciples to "go".
Go tell people about the new life they can now have because of His death & His coming back to life.
And they did - and the world has never been the same.
I continue to believe that Jesus says the same thing to us...
For some reason, in our present paradigm here in America, there is this thinking that once we become Christ followers...
we're supposed to start living the "American dream", have success (as the world would interpret success) in whatever we do,
& that we should insulate ourselves from the world by surrounding ourselves with Christian friends,
trade with Christian businesses,
go to safe churches,
vote a certain way,
& stay away from non-christians so as to not be polluted by their sinful behavior.
I don't think that's what Jesus had in mind.
off the bat, we should see the fallacy in that thinking because if the
people who influenced us to become Christ followers had adhered to that
thinking, we'd both be still on the slippery slope to hell!
Jesus said go.
Go to world that is going slam to hell.
And before you say, "iow, go to 'deepest, darkest Africa' as missionaries?!"
enough, since Lynn WAS a missionary in Africa for almost 9 years, &
she's taken me there, we'd both get on the next plane for Africa if
that's what we thought God wanted us to do!)
What I believe Jesus was talking about was go to people wherever He leads us to be.
can be right where we are now, in our homes, workplaces, where we
trade, where we eat, where we work out or hang out - essentially,
everywhere we go.
But it is also quite possible that God might
have us move somewhere to be salt & light, pointing people to Him.
(I'm living that - for the last 4 1/2 years!)
That could be to the next town over, somewhere else in the state or nation, or overseas.
God is very creative - He will place us & use us wherever that may be - if we're willing to go.