Sunday, I preached a sermon on the Great Commission (which should be available on line soonish) and I took time to explain that the emphasis of this commission - this command - was not the GO but rather the MAKE DISCIPLES. I explained how the GO was more of an AS YOU GO - taking away all excuses for any of us who might like to opt out of GOing.
Having spent a bunch of years involved in leadership in Christian circles, I notice an interesting phenomenon in the church culture. Once we start GOing, it’s really hard to stop going, or change direction.
We get in our hearts this idea that it’s better to be going than to do nothing, so all motion is good motion.
If someone in the body has a vision for something - we tell them to run with it.
Not so much with Jesus.
It struck me when I looked at the time He sent the disciples out in Matthew 10 to preach and heal, the very first words of His commissioning were DO NOT GO. (Well - in the Original language it’s more like “into the way of the gentiles DO NOT GO") - check it out:
These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them: "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” - Matthew 10:5-6 NASB
Reminds me of this moment in Paul’s life:
They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; - Acts 16:6 NASB
Again - for a reason known to the Holy Lord, and not shared with us - Paul was forbidden to preach in Asia. WOW.
Oh how we need to be plugged in to the voice of God for today. [Tweet This]
Sure we can point back that the Great Commission and say Jesus said GO so all going is good. But Paul was tuned in and heard the Lord say NO.
Rather than planning our GOING on a map based on demographics or need analysis, Perhaps we ought to plan our GOING on the voice of the Lord to the hearts of men and women who have dedicated themselves to prayer and the Word.
See you again soon.