You have 30 seconds. Go.
Ok, I’m mobilized, but going is not a simplistic endeavour.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matt 28:18-20
Chambers writes on four areas that affect our ability to go, which I will summarize. (Summary is the second easiest level of cognition on Bloom’s taxonomy, just above recall.)
- The GO of preparation: what is the tiny thing the Spirit points at that lives in my fort of rebellion? confess sin and do not just admit it; give up my right to myself; prepare and prepare and prepare again. [Matt 5:23-24]
- The GO of relationship: God asks us to do things that are unnatural to us; no enthusiasm can sustain us in doing what God’s will for us is; nothing can sustain us save a personal relationship to Him. [Matt 5:41]
- The GO of renunciation: in a conflict of loyalty, obey Christ at all costs; once I begin to go, never stop going. [Luke 9:57]
- The GO of unconditional identification: God does not prioritize me obtaining personal holiness; God is into my annihilating my right to myself and of my identifying with Himself, not with anything of mine. [Mark 10:21]
[September 24, 25, 27, 28]