The "Call" To Go
When you think of the call to go on mission, what is the first bible passage you think of? If you said The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20 – you would be in the majority pool of people. What if I told you that this “call” to go really isn’t a call to go at all?
You see, we read Matthew 28:19 and when we see “go,” we typically think, “Hey that is something I need to do.” We might be a little mistaken though! Put on your thinking caps and remember back to English class. Remember a thing called imperatives? An imperative is a command. Well, in the original language of the New Testament, Greek, this is not an imperative at all! It is a participle. Have I lost you yet? Keep reading, it gets easier! A participle is a verb ending in (-ing) and it is making the verb something that is being done. For example, I am writing this blog! This is something I am doing right now. Well, this “go” in verse 19 could very well be translated as “as you go” (only because starting a sentence with -ing is weird). Understand this, what we see as a command to go is really an expectation – “As you go…”.
As Christians, let our everyday lives be a manifestation of the gospel! Let use love continually. As we go let us be vessels to share with others the hope that we have- the hope that saved us from our brokenness. We must desire to meet this expectation of living our lives for the gospel. If this is not our desire, then there are things in our lives that we might need to check.
Let us continually go and make disciples. Let this not be something we strive to do, but something that naturally flows from us. Someone once said that what we surround ourselves with is what we become. Let us be so in love with Christ that out from us flows Christ. This continual going is then a gift that is given to us by God. I am lucky to be able to say that I can go and make disciples. 2 Corinthians states this well in chapter 5 verses 18 and 19:
“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
What Can I Do To Start?
This gift is for us! Through having a relationship with Christ, this gift comes with that. Let us actively pursue a lifestyle that is honoring to God. Let us continually be gospel minded.
How does this affect me? Start with the following:
These two things will dramatically help one shift into the gospel mindset of continually going. As we align ourselves with God, we align ourselves with his mission and vision. This a life you live, not an action you sometimes do. Anybody can share the gospel, but only some can live the gospel.