The Great Commission and Home Exchanges

At a church I served as pastor, we had a guest pastor program called Pastors2Go.

One of our guest pastors—on a clergy sabbatical from her job as Chaplain at the University of Leeds England—was leading a Bible study. Both she and her husband shared the importance of going and doing for Christian discipleship. They shared a great message, simple to understand and easy to remember. They wrote the word, “GOD,” and suggested that whenever we hear or see a reference to God, we should think of two words, “Go” and “Do.” Daily as we think of God, we should recall our responsibility to Go and Do.

Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20 (The Message)

The motto for Christian Home Exchange is Vacation With A Mission™. On a home exchange, wherever we go, we can do what Christ-followers are called to do. We can live The Great Commission—even when we are on a vacation.

Image: Starry Night: Van Gogh Meets Leeds is licensed under CC by 2.0. Believe it or not, this was a photo by Tom Blackwell. Mr. Blackwell explains, “The source of this particular image was one of my photographs, but the real artist was a mathematical algorithm which I gently guided through about 110,000 virtual strokes in order to render the piece on a digital canvas.”