"Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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." Matthew 28:16-20
Mt. Arbel is called "The Mountain" by those in and around Galilee because it is, by far, the biggest mountain in the area. The views are astounding as you can see into a huge portion of the Promised Land from it's rocky heights. Being from Colorado, a state very familiar with large mountains, I was surprised at how high this particular mountain was.
Although the Bible doesn't specify which mountain Jesus and his disciples were on there is a very good chance it could have been this astounding mountain in Galilee.
As I stood upon it's windy heights with 200 other ministry leaders committed to advancing the Gospel, listening to this very passage being taught by a great Bible teacher from Austrailia, I was deeply impacted. I could only imagine the 11 disciples looking down at the Sea of Galilee and remembering all the lessons Jesus had taught them on it's waters and shores.
I couldn't help but imagine them hearing Jesus' command for them to make disciples "of all nations" and being filled with trepidation. What lay beyond the Golan heights, beyond the ancient city of Dan, beyond the borders of the Promised Land, were the dangerous, pagan worshipping Gentiles.
I too scanned the horizon that day. I began to think and wonder how the training and tools from Dare 2 Share might be used by God to impact the world.
These last several days in Israel have been very encouraging. Many of these international leaders have heard of Dare 2 Share and a surprising number of them have used/are using our evangelism training and outreach tools already. Pray God continues to open doors to partner with our brothers and sisters from around the world in our last few days here.
What about you? What is beyond the horizon for you? It may be dangerous, but, Jesus goes with you. And if you stay dependent on him Jesus will accomplish amazing things through you...just like he did with those eleven disciples.