On Sunday, January 14, I preached in a church about 1 hour from Dnipro. It would be the first time there, so I knew I would spend some time telling my story of how I wound up in Ukraine.
As I was praying on Saturday, the Lord reminded me of three great stories concerning the word “GO”. Of course, the one I thought of first is found in the story of Gideon. God used the story so clearly in 1994 to move me from Wichita Falls, TX to Lugansk, Ukraine.
Gideon, and the Israelites, faced what seemed an insurmountable problem. Yet, the Lord chose Gideon and, in Judges 6:14, told him to “Go in this might of yours…” In 1994 when the Lord used this passage in my life, I saw so many parallels between Gideon and myself. I truly felt that I was the weakest and unable to do what the Lord was calling me to do.
Then, a few years ago, God used the story of Abram (Abraham) from Genesis 12. God chose Abram to “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.” What is amazing about this story is Abram’s response found in verse 4: “So Abram went”!!!
I find this story incredible. Family was all Abram knew. Family was important. Family relied upon each other. Yet, God told Abram to go and he went! What’s even more incredulous… God didn’t specify the place other than… “to the land that I will show you.” How many of us are willing to do what Abram did?
Then another spectacular aspect was Abram’s age. He was 75 years old. Again, how many of us are willing to move to a new place that we know nothing about at the age of 75!?!?
The final passage the Lord reminded me is found in Matthew 28:18-20. It is commonly known as the Great Commission.
Jesus is speaking to his disciples and tells them in verse 19 to “Go and make disciples.” Since God laid these verses on my heart a few weeks ago, I must say that I have been consumed by them.
As I preached from this passage yesterday I told the congregation that this was our purpose for living on this earth… we are here to make disciples. And while we are making disciples, here, there and everywhere, Jesus promised to be with us. How freeing is that promise!?! Jesus has said that He would always be with us.
So, as I go in the strength the Lord has given me (Judges 6:14), to whatever land the Lord will show (Gen 12:1), I should go and make disciples. (Matt 28:19). May I always be ready to Go!