Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he charged his disciples with a mission, typically referred to as The Great Commission. He said, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:18-20).
Followers of Jesus in the first century heeded this challenge by sharing the Good News with others. This was repeated by disciples in subsequent generations. Today, Christianity is the dominant religion in the world, with 2.1 billion adherents.
The reason Christianity grew so fast is because early disciples of Christ lived dangerously–not dangerous in the sense that they were hazardous or harmful to others—but because they were passionately and intensely focused on fulfilling The Great Commission. They sacrificed their time, energy—and sometimes their lives—in sharing the love of Jesus.
The Great Commission was not limited to first century disciples; it applies to all followers of Jesus. When we live dangerously, Jesus is introduced to people and their lives are forever changed: the broken are made whole, the disenfranchised are given hope, and the captives are set free. There is nothing easy about living dangerously. It yanks us from our comfortable lifestyles and taxes our emotions. It is much easier to go through the motions of Christianity and stay comfortable. It is time to get out of our comfort zones and live dangerously!