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Matthew 28:19

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.

 After college, I spent a year doing overseas mission work. This may sound weird, but my favorite type of ministry was bar ministry. After a full day of work we would go to the bars with the intention of loving on someone and showing them Jesus’ love. Many of my supporters back home scoffed at this and some even stopped donating, but it was the bar ministry where we found that Christ shined brightest. If not us, then who would reach them?

Many will say that after you become a Christian you need to get rid of your old life and all your old friends. This may be a good idea for some, especially those who may be susceptible to falling back into that old temptation, but for others this is the perfect chance to bring your light into a dark world. If they see you, someone who was previously “one of them”, become someone totally different, then they will have questions and want to know what happened. It is such a great opportunity to tell them about Jesus.

But I must say this again: If hanging with the same crowd and frequenting the same places will cause you to fall away from Jesus, avoid it at all costs. Sometimes we have to cut an area off completely. We just need to be in prayer about it and ask God for discernment. If He wants you on the front lines witnessing to your old friends, then do it. He will give you the strength and willpower.

QUESTION 1. When you became a Christian did you have to give up some area of your previous life?
QUESTION 2. Do you feel like God may be calling you to witness to those very same people you left behind?
CHALLENGE: Take every opportunity you’re presented with to share the love of Christ with others. In hostile places or not, Jesus will always be with you.