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Wednesday's Words

The word for this week is 'GO'.

We live in a fast-paced world that is increasingly on the 'go'.

We're moving faster than we've ever moved, going farther than we've ever been and looking for ways to 'go' still faster and farther. It is a drive (no pun) that can keep a body busy and barren, if not properly governed by the Spirit, guided by the Word and guarded by the Father.

Jesus understood the meaning of the word 'go'. Though at a much slower pace, Jesus was on the 'go' most of His life, especially for the last 3.5 years of His life on earth.

His coming to earth meant that He had to 'go' from glory. So, in laying aside the glory of heaven, He took upon Himself the form of a servant in order to rescue those He loved from the death of sin; a death each and every human being rightly deserved. While on the 'go', Jesus went about doing good all the days of His life on earth.

We must understand that to be and remain on the 'go' for God requires endurance. It also means that you and I must be willing to leave something behind, if only for a time. Something you're comfortable with. Someone that you're familiar with.

For some, it may well be a 'zone' of comfort or a pattern of practice. For others, it could well be a relationship that is especially special to you, personally. The good news is that when you and I 'go' for God, we don't have to leave those things forever. It's only for a short time in comparison to eternity. Jesus stepped out of the place He was familiar with and comfortable in for the purpose of giving those without hope, (you and me) the help that would change our life and destiny eternally.

Jesus demonstrated His love (Romans 5:8) by voluntarily giving up what He possessed for something/someone He prized more! That always requires humility. Jesus lived the example of humility perfectly before a relatively small group of people for 3.5 years. He then passed the baton of responsibility to those He had invested His love and life in; the few who had chosen to follow Him because they loved Him with all their heart. They were the ones who heard Him say, "As you 'go' into the world, make disciples baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

Everyone is on the 'go' today but is what you're 'go' ing after worthwhile? Will all the time, energy and resources involved matter one second after you pass from here to hereafter? Will you be able to enjoy what you are 'go'ing after so passionately for the rest of your life; after you leave this world behind?

Do you love Jesus with all your heart? Have you heard Him say to you as part of the few,

"As you 'go', make disciples? If the answer to both is 'yes', then 'go' with a purpose that will outlive your time here! We, who love God don't need more information or more time. We have need of engagement and endurance in the mission of taking the message to the masses!

So would you pause at some point this week and ask yourself--'will any of what I'm 'go' ing after really matter for eternity?' If the answer to that is 'yes', then 'go' for it with all your heart!! IF the answer to that is 'no', then it's time to 'go' for something/someone else that will.

Where will you 'go' today? Where will you 'go' tomorrow? You may not know that entirely but it is certain that you and I will 'go' somewhere and do something. While that will be different for each of us, as we 'go', we MUST 'GO' with Christ in mind in matters that matter eternally!

The word confirms it in Philippians 2:5--

"So let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus."

In every important mission whether aerospace or military, there is a critical moment of decision--"Is the mission a 'go' or no 'go'?

There is just as critical moment of decision present in ministry when Jesus says to you and me as believers, "As you 'go'", make disciples. Is that a 'go' OR no 'go' for you?

Your answer will reveal something eternally significant and important. When you get your answer, do something with it in response to what He has done for you!

May the Lord bless you in the exciting days of your journey with Jesus, as you 'go'!

Give Him praise today!

Pastor Keith

1 Corinthians 15:58