Dateline: Sunday morning. You get a call and it goes a little something like this (from the female perspective):
Friend: Hey Girl!
Friend: Where did you go last night, I called you?
You: Girl I went to the club!
Friend: So what you up to today?
You: Ahhh, I’m going to church. I’m tired but I’m going.
Friend: Where you gonna be later?
You: Oh, just probably gonna go hang out for a bit. Then go back to sleep.
Friend: That’s cool, so call me when you want to go hang out sometime. Have fun at church.
You: Thanks girl, God bless you!
There’s a lot of “going” in the above scenario, and the irony is that in all of the going this individual is actually stagnant. If somebody tells you to “go” they usually expect some action to follow their directive right? When you were little and your mother told you, “Go to sleep boy/girl!” you went to sleep, no questions asked. If your spouse said, “honey please go to the store and pick up some potatoes for dinner”, you would go…or else you might not get dinner. If your child runs track you may be in the stands yelling…”Goooooo!” and if they hear you it will give them that boost to turn on the jets and speed up because Daddy’s watching and cheering them on. In the KJV of the bible the word GO is used more than 1,400 times! That is incredible. I am sure that many of us can spout off three or four verses where we have been told to “go”, but do we actually go? Trust me, I know how busy all of our lives are; we have children, school, work, church, extended families, charity work, et cetera…it’s hard out there! Yet we can make time to go to the mall, go to the movies, go to the beach, go on vacation, but when God says, “Go down to the corner store and tell that cashier about me” we have every excuse in the book (not the bible).
“And the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your own country and from your relatives, and from your Father’s house … and I will bless you and make your name great; and so you shall also be a blessing; and I will bless those that bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed’‘(Genesis 12:1-3).
We pray to God for Him to let His will be done in our lives, but when He speaks to us to “Go” and do His will, we write it off as, “I am really tripping today!” You know that lady at work who is always complaining about one thing or another? Have you “gone” about sharing the peace that only Jesus brings? Or how about your family member who believes that Yoga is the path to inner enlightenment and spiritual peace? Have you shared the gospel of Christ with them, and how you were delivered from that mindset? I think that we all have a relative who is a homosexual…have you gone to them and shared what the scriptures say about their lifestyle? I know the excuse because I have used it myself in the past, “God I am not spiritually equipped to do that, I used to hang out with these people…send someone else!”
I believe Saul of Tarsus who became Paul on the road to Damascus felt the exact same way! As a matter of fact when Jesus met him on that road and told him, I am Jesus of Nazareth whom thou persecutest. He probably felt even less like he could be used, but what did the Lord tell him? Rise, and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all that is appointed for you to do (Acts 22:10).
We call ourselves disciples or followers of Jesus but ignore his directive: “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). We have so many excuses!
- Many are called and I ain’t one of them: Jesus did not rank us like soldiers when it comes to spreading the gospel. This one passage of the parable in Matthew is in regards to the rejection of God’s mercy towards us.
- I don’t know the bible well enough to talk to people: If you can tell someone that you are saved through faith in Jesus Christ and that He is the Way, Truth and Life then you know the bible well enough.
- All my friends are saved, someone else will tell them: And what if they don’t?
- This is just too deep we still have plenty of time before Jesus returns: Matt. 24:36, But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
- I can’t do it, I’m too scared to lose friends and family: Jesus said in Matthew 16:25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
We really have to stop making excuses and start paying attention, the time is drawing to a close. The world is seeing catastrophic events playing out in unusual places, the degradation and moral decay in society is becoming pervasive AND acceptable; you cannot turn on a television without something making you blush anymore. These things are not a coincidence, Matthew 24 has Jesus telling us exactly what is going on, and as His disciples we should be telling others. Stop “going” and doing nothing and really hear what the spirit is saying to the church (you). I would rather be a branch on the True Vine and live in Him as well as produce fruit, than to be a dead limb and cut off from everlasting life. In my opening example I used the lukewarm Christian, but in reality we have a lot of so-called “hot” Christians who are just as bad. They are the ones who never miss a church service, wouldn’t be caught dead in a “club”, they touch not the unclean thing and seem to be super spiritual beings. However, they shy away from being a true disciple because they will not tell anyone the Good News of Jesus Christ! This is our Great Commission. Go, in Jesus’ name!
A Pastor’s Wife