It’s a very simple word. Two letters, one syllable, one consonant and one vowel. Of all the commands that you would grasp, you’d think it would be this one, right? Go. Literally move your body from this place, to this place. Easy. It doesn’t take as much money as tithing, giving to the poor, or helping the widowed. It’s doesn’t require as much intellectual rigor as studying the Word of God or memorizing His Scriptures. It might not even take as much time as serving the body of Christ by cleaning up the church. Yet, you don’t do it. Don’t deny it; you don’t.
16But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated.
17When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.
18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Jesus says, “Go”! He, and He alone, has all power in heaven and earth, the authority to cast out demons and to save the souls of wretched sinners, to sentence the unrepentant to hell and crush sin and Satan. He, and He alone, holds the world’s economic vitality in His hands, the devastation of hurricanes, tsunamis, and floods, the difference between life and death of an infant. He, and He alone, has the power to sustain, keep, provide, and care for you in the best and worst situations. He, and He alone, has the power to work through sinners that by His grace can be called His children, to call others to Himself in a Law-shattering, life-giving, redeeming relationship.
There is no excuse left! He tells you to go. So go. It’s simple. The Savior calls, you obey. Go and make disciples of all peoples, races, creeds, socioeconomic classes, ages, religions, temperaments, geographical locales, languages, etc. Go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit, as they are transformed by My power and come to repentance and faith. Go and make disciples, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded in My Word., for My glory and their good. Go and make disciples of Me.
And He says, “Go therefore.” Not, “Go after you finish college,” or “Go when you get a chance,” or “You know, you can Go if you’d like to.” Jesus doesn’t say, “Go after you fix all of your issues with sin,” or “Go when you know the answer to every question a nonbeliever could ask,” or “Go once you’re the best witness of Me you could possibly ever be.” Jesus says, “Go therefore,” or ‘Therefore, because all authority in heaven and on earth is given to me now, you go and make disciples of all nations now.” No excuses Keith.
After all, if the two greatest commandments to live life by are, “30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength... [and] You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:30-31), number one, if you love the Lord your God in that way, you will obey Him and you will want to see His fame proclaimed throughout all nations, and number two, if you love your neighbor as yourself, you would want them to have the best thing that God has to offer — Himself.
Don’t you understand? God the Father has chosen this way to bring His chosen ones to salvation. Primarily, He sends His children. He has the power to write in the sky, speak to all the earth with a booming voice, or send modern prophets, but He doesn’t. He chooses messed up, dirty, broken, sinful Christians, to show His inexhaustible power and might in their lives so that others might see it, and be regenerated to the great glory of His name.
The Taiwan missions team has given you a first, personal glimpse of what God is doing in the lives of His people. I mean, the average age of the team is what, 22? How riZakulously awesome is that? There are too many Christians who miss out on the great joy of being a missionary, disobeying their God and never knowing the joy it is to see a soul being saved, the exhilaration of watching God do His work, the satisfaction of knowing that the trial, pain, and work made it even more worth it. Don’t be one of them Keith.
The Taiwan missions team is le-G. But it’s not just because they know the Taiwanese culture, the gospel in Chinese, or how to evangelize effectively—it’s their heart of gratitude toward the only God who saves, the heart that could not deny that the proper response to His love is living a life of worship of that true God, and seeking to make more worshippers for His glory, the new believers’ good, and the evangelists great joy. They are examples for you. Pray that you’ll be doing the same great things in three years!
But why do you wait? You don’t need to wait for ET to tell your friend that Jesus is the only Savior who extends grace and salvation, not wishing that any would perish. You don’t need to travel across the entire world to find someone who needs to know Jesus as their God, and the only one who can purchase their righteousness. You don’t need to be an eloquent speaker. You don’t need to be the most learned person who has done thousands of hours of research. They help. But don’t use them as an excuse to wait.
I Will Go - Starfield
To the desperate eyes and reaching hands
To the suffering and the lean
To the ones the world has cast aside
Where You want me I will be
I will go, I will go
I will go, Lord send me
To the world, to the lost
To the poor and hungry
Take everything I am
I'm clay within Your hands
I will go, I will go, send me
Let me not be blind with privilege
Give me eyes to see the pain
Let the blessing You've poured out on me
Not be spent on me in vain
Let this life be used for change
I wanna live for You
Go where You lead me
I wanna follow You
You’ve been sent. Will you go?