He Says Go

I have some Christian Missionary organizations as clients.  Every time I meet with them I come away changed and a little bit more in awe of their calling and their faith.  Sometimes it is easy for me to put them on a pedestal and admire the wonderful and courageous things they do to spread the Gospel throughout the world in a lot of very dangerous places (oftentimes places that are extra-dangerous for Christians).   I tend to think I  need to attend several more Bible studies, read more Christian books and do more spiritual formation work before I could ever attempt to do what they are doing – even in a much smaller way.  

However, in the 28th chapter of Matthew, Jesus articulates his famous "Great Commission" - " 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.” Jesus begins his great commission with the simple word, “Go.”  He doesn’t say study more, tithe more, attend church more, read more Christian books or even pray more.  He just says “Go.”

Indeed, throughout the Bible, God uses all kinds of people to accomplish his plan and they are all flawed, some deeply flawed.  For example, David committed adultery and murder.  We are all sinners and fall far short of the high bar God sets for us.  However, that doesn’t mean we can’t still serve his Kingdom and serve it well.  As Matthew chapter 28 reminds us – Jesus said “Go!”

Brad Gauen

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