Go means Live.
By Brian C Collins
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in the earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matt 28:18-20
“Go simply means live…where we are placed is a matter of indifference; God engineers the goings.” (Oswald Chambers)
This month is missions month at our church. Pastor ask that we pray not only for those missionaries that we support but that we pray for our church and mostly ourselves to have a heart for missions.
Most Christians know of the Great Commission, we are all commanded to go, live, the gospel of Christ every day. When I think of the gravity of that command and I look back at my life and my testimony at work, church, and family I am ashamed to say that my living has not always measured up to the scale of Christ’s command.
In the past when I thought of the Go in the command from Christ, I just thought of the action of getting up and physically seeking those who are lost and telling them of Christ. Yes, I have always been taught we should be Christlike and have a good testimony so others may see what Jesus has to offer. However, for some reason, my small brain never made the connection of the Go also meaning live.
Considering the implications of Go as Live helps me see more clearly how the Great Commission does not just apply to full-time missionaries but all Christians. Going to talk to someone about Christ or going door to door has always been intimidating to me, as with others also. Nonetheless, if we were to focus more on being right with God, living right according to the Bible. The opportunities to witness will come more natural to us in conversation and not be so intimidating in the end. “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.”
Many of us feel a little shame due to Society, Self-doubt, and Satanic Oppression. Make no mistake! The Salvation of mankind is always under attack from the devil. The easiest way for Satan to win each battle is to undermine our effectiveness as a witness. This can simply be done by having a bad testimony.
I realize I sound like a broken record, but this is why our devotions and prayer times are so important. We will still fail at times in our living like Christ. If we go to those who had witnessed our bad testimony and admit our wrong. Go to Christ and confess our sin. Don’t give up. Keep striving every day to be like Christ. Know, you will mess up. Don’t quit seeking God’s Face. Don’t just Go but Live the Gospel of Christ.