Saturday, April 15, 2006

When He Says GO

What would you do if God reached out, grabbed you by the hand and said, "it is time to get up off your backside and Go.... and by the way, I'll let you know later where it is that you are going!" Would we say, "well God, I sure want to do your will, but, I've got a couple of car payments, two kids in college, starting to think about retirement, and you don't even want to tell me where it is you want me to go. When you make up your mind, why don't you let me know, give me a couple of years to get ready, raise some support, sell a few things, and then .... maybe then I'll be ready"
With my friends -Mike & Janet - getting ready to GO to Honduras and with three of my good friends already there, the subject of going has been top of mind lately. Looking at the words of Jesus in Matthew - some of his last words spoken on this earth - he said Go and said it so clearly that we call it "The Great commission". I would guess that when we read those words today, we generally see them as the great option and not a commission otherwise, we wouldn't ever question what God would have us to do. I know that these words of Jesus charge us with spreading the gospel around the world and it isn't practical for everyone to go into the world...unless you consider your own neighborhood the world. The simple fact is that there are about 6,000,000,000 people in this world and more than 1/2 of them have never heard the name Jesus...NEVER.
Here we sit with news that saves, news that is the best that anyone can ever have. We have news that is better than the winning Lotto numbers and giving them away won't take away from our own jackpot - it will only increase it. We have news that can keep the dead from dying and give hope to the hopeless. We have this news, a savior that told us to go, be his witness, be bold in our testimony, to plant the seeds and allow Him to let them grow.
What are we doing about it?

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