Today I went to the Commissioning Service for this years 50 or so PAIS Apprentices. It was quite a humbling experience watching all these young people from across the globe getting ready to head out as missionaries for Jesus.

Leaving home is not a new thing. I did it when I went to University. Leaving home, moving from one country to another, staying with people you don’t know and choosing to truly live by faith – that’s a little more unusual. It’s pretty amazing!!

I know it’s not for all of us. Our time for taking a year out for God has passed. Or has it?

Now, I’m not advocating that we all sign up for PAIS but there is a challenge here for us, if we are up for it.

How about we commit to give our next year to God, to take a year and be ready for the adventure, to truly live by faith and be missionaries for Him?

We don’t need to leave home to do this. We don’t need to stop working to do this. We don’t need to make any changes really, except for one thing.

Be ready to stand for Jesus when called to do so. Be ready to share your story to someone. Be ready to serve the Kingdom of God. Be ready to do something to reach another person. BE READY.

That’s amazing. That’s the Commission. That’s what we have all received as followers of Jesus…

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. [Matthew‬ ‭28‬:‭19-20‬ NKJV]

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