I used to love to go. I loved going to the movies with my friends. I loved going to the football game. I looked forward to going skating with my girlfriends. "Going" was all about what I wanted back then. Then I met my husband and I decided I like to go with someone instead of going alone. Even though he isn't quite the "go-er" that I am, we did our fair share of adventurous going. Early in our marriage we decided to take a spontaneous long weekend trip. We didn't have a reservation anywhere. We didn't have a plan. We didn't even have a full tank of gas. We cashed our paychecks on the way out of town, filled up the truck, and said- "Let's Go." We went until the last minute, last ounce of energy, and last penny. As a matter of fact we had to scrape together enough money out of the floorboard to pay the toll roads to get home. Yep. To GO was exciting!!
Then my world changed when my kids were born. We went to playgrounds. We went to theme parks. We went to stores to buy crazy movies about singing animals and sarcastic sponges. Suddenly, going looked a lot different and began to make me tired. Don't get me wrong... I love to experience the joy of their childhoods. As they get older though, they too have learned the adventure of going: Piano practice, band rehearsal, church activities, football practice, basketball games, riding lessons, play dates, doctor appointments, dentist checkups, and school specials. I'm tired just thinking about the coming and going of the coming week of going.
“God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
My "go" can easily lose it's joy. Many of the different directions we GO are necessary so how do we use them to glorify God and make disciples in our own lives and circles? I have struggled with this; especially when it looks like everyone around me totally has their stuff together. Me? I'm a mess all the time. A few months ago God slapped me in the head and revealed that I was concentrating so much on the "GO" that I was losing focus of the "Make Disciples" part of my call. So this little list helps keep my Attention Deficit in check.
Teach them all I have taught you.
Whatever happens, don't stop.
If you're like me, the "go" is taken care of. We all go all the time. So while I'm going I've just decided to start treating everyone around me as though they have the same struggles and frustrations in this life as I do. They do, and often they are facing much, much more. This has opened the door to some amazing opportunities to share Christ with new friends and perfect strangers in the past few months.
In case you haven't noticed folks, the news is grim these days. Turn on the TV, check your news-feeds. The news outlets are freely reporting on horrendous acts of pure evil that seems to be rapidly advancing. The horrifying acts of brutality have caused Christ followers to weep and prayerfully intervene for fellow believers far and wide. Our hearts ache at the images of our brothers and sisters enduring the atrocities of Darkness. I listened to a precious woman I know utter, "What is this world coming to?" as she discussed the most recent of acts of terror with a friend. I would love to know that the world is coming to Jesus. But it is our job to Go the world.
Time is short. People are dying. The stakes could be no higher with the very lives and souls of family and friends hanging by one, single, heartbeat between two eternities. Your best friend, Mom, brother, co-worker, neighbor, teenage daughter, army buddy, or even the lady you met at the park... they are the ones you go to. Don't wait to be told. God has already told you in His Word. Waiting for a person to tell you? Hi, I'm Tammy and I'm telling you to go get them today. Go apprehend them with the same excitement and ferocity God chased you down with. Go in to the world and make disciples before the World tries to tell you that you can't. Your Mighty God is by your side and is able to do exceedingly more than you will ever even ask when you act in His name.
Even until the end of time. Go.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.