Perhaps it’s just me, but I’ve found that when I think about “the nations,” I tend to push the responsibility of making disciples onto others.
But, when I think about “neighbors,” it is much more difficult to push the responsibility of making disciples onto others.
It’s interesting… when a “missionary” moves to another location, “the nations” become his or her “neighbors.” And, when someone from another country moves into my neighborhood, “the nations” become my “neighbors.”
Perhaps, if I focus on discipling my neighbors, then I can only worry about moving to the location where God tells me to move – or not move if God doesn’t direct me to move.
Unless, of course, I can hire someone else to carry my responsibility of discipling both the nations and my neighbors.