Many times we receive an instruction to do something, we hesitate. There is an old saying – albeit not from Scripture – that “he who hesitates is lost…”
There’s some truth to that. And, if it’s okay with you, I’d like to show this to you in Scripture.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)
Now there are those who will quote Scripture on standing still. Many will quote Psalm 46:10 (Be still and know I am God)…
…Without taking into consideration Psalm 37:7:
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
Do you catch that — the being still refers to not fretting; that is, calmness in spirit.
This is also one of those examples of works that evidence faith – Going is a sign of faith. And faith is your confidence that God’s Word means what it says because you’re confident that God will perform what He says!
All throughout Scripture, God gave the instruction to GO…
- Noah and his family had to GO into the ark to be saved and GO out of the ark to replenish the earth (Genesis 7:1, 8:16)
Going requires boldness. Almost everyone who embarked on obeying an instruction from God was subject to mockery. However, we cannot let the naysayers impact what God has told us to do. We have to sometimes follow the instruction to be saved before we can follow the instruction tied to our blessing. This is why on airplanes, the flight attendant tells you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting others. You can only help others from a posture of strength — and you are only truly effective when you understand that strength doesn’t come from you!
- Abram had to GO from the land of his father to become Abraham. (Genesis 12:1)
- Jacob had to GO to Beth-El to become Israel. (Genesis 35:10)
These two Scriptures tell us that forward motion is important to experience the change God wants for us, which is the change we need. We didn’t seek God before moving to Detroit and it was a near disaster for our marriage. God spoke to us and told us to go to Arkansas and, because we were obedient to go, we were blessed tremendously. God didn’t tell us to go to Texas and we spent nearly 3 years spinning our wheels concerning ministry. However, when we obeyed the instruction to go to Arizona, God blessed us with a new family! He opened doors for us in ministry that we are still trying to wrap our minds around! Sometimes, you have to get away from your crazy kinfolk to experience what God has for you. God may not change your name but He will definitely change you!
- Joseph had to GO through Potiphar, prison, and Pharaoh to get to God’s blessing (Genesis 39-43)
- David had to GO to the battlefield to face Goliath (1 Samuel 17:37)
- The disciples had to GO through the storm (Mark 4:35-41) before they could see someone else delivered
Sometimes we have to go through difficult situations and circumstances to get to where we’re going. Now, God is not the one who orchestrates trials and difficulties — these come because the enemy is compelled to try and railroad God’s plan for us! Never did Jesus tell his disciples to “be still.” He did, however, tell a storm to “be still;” this is an instruction for us on how to speak to our storms — line that up with Mark 11:23-24!
- The Children of Israel had to GO out of Egypt to get to the promised land and Moses had to GO get them (Exodus 3:10)
This one is really good — because you have to get away from the people, places, and things that ensnare and enslave you. The unfortunate thing is, sometimes you don’t see the need to escape — so God will send a deliverer. Then, once you have escaped, God will use you as a deliverer! But you can’t be used to deliver anyone if you, yourself, are not willing to GO!
- Jonah had to agree to GO to Nineveh to escape the FBI (fish belly institute -Jonah 2)
When God called me to preach, I tried to run from the call. I tried to negotiate around the call. I tried to ignore the call. Nothing worked — the call was persistent. And, as a result, nothing really worked in my life. I wandered around aimlessly — living and existing with no purpose. But, like Jonah, when I yielded to what God wanted me to do, he caused the fish of my life to spit me out to do what I was called to do. Now here’s something many people don’t consider — when you are in the belly of something, the digestive process begins. You are converted into nutrients for that which consumes you. God protected Jonah from being fully consumed by the fish because He had a plan for Jonah. God has a plan for you, too — and he won’t allow you to be consumed, either!
- Solomon wrote a proverb telling us to train up a child in the way he should GO (Proverbs 22:6)
Here’s where a lot of parents — and a lot of pastors — get it wrong. The Scripture doesn’t say train up anyone in the way YOU think they should go, but in the way THEY should go. So which way should they go? That ain’t your business! Where my sons should go is between them and God. Where y’all are supposed to go is between you and God. My job as a father — and as a pastor — is to simply point you to God, so you can have your own relationship with Him! When you have established that relationship, He is faithful to give you everything you need to understand your purpose and to carry out your assignment!
- Saul went to sacrifice when he should have been going to meet the Prophet (1 Samuel 13:8-14).
- The Children of Israel wanted to GO BACK to Egypt (Exodus 16:1-3)
And, we have to understand that there is a time to GO. In drag racing, if you launch before the “christmas tree” goes green, you are disqualified. This is what traffic lights are all about. If you move before the light turns green, the results could be fatal. God also wants us to know that His strategy is always advance, never retreat! When you realize you’ve been delivered from an Egypt, you should not go back!
- Jesus had to GO to the cross to save us and GO out of the grave to redeem us (Matthew 28:18).
This is THE Move of God
…That triggers THE Move Of Man (Matthew 28:19, Romans 8:19)
Now, this isn’t to be confused with baseless DOing! The truth is that Going is ineffective without an understanding of BEing! We have to completely understand we are made holy (John 17) and righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). All of creation is waiting for the sons and daughters of God to take their rightful place of dominion in the earth. It is only from this position of dominion and authority that the Gospel can be effectively preached!
- The woman at the well had to GO into Samaria and tell her countrymen about Jesus (John 4)
- Jesus told the 12 to GO and preach the Gospel (Luke 9:1-6)
- Then He told the 72 to GO and do likewise (Luke 10:1-11)
Jesus did not send anyone until they were equipped. We are to fulfill the Great Commission but it is understood that we are to be equipped before we go. In all these cases, Jesus had preached or taught something to these individuals to equip them for the assignment at hand. In all of these cases, Jesus did not instruct anyone to stay where they were or to build buildings or to even establish communities; rather His instruction is clear:
We need to take what we learn in church, in study, and in prayer to the world.
It’s nice to bring people to church but even nicer to bring the church to the world.
It’s time to show God’s Love, not just talk about it!
And when Jesus was talking about church, He was talking about His Government, not the country club for the saints!
Life in Christ is not a stagnant, dry life. It is abundant and full. We are equipped with all sufficiency in all things to abound to every good work. And when we wait on Him as Isaiah wrote, it is like waiting tables — not just sitting around!
It’s time to get up and GO! God will GO with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you — he dwells within you!
© 2014 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)