For most of us, it feels like we are on the go all the time. We live “on the go.” We’re going to work, going to school, going out to eat, going to the store. We’re always going. Going places requires intention and effort, but most of the time it seems like we’re just busy. On the other hand, when we are told to “go”, it’s a directive, a command to head somewhere for a reason and with a purpose. It’s a small word, but it can carry a great deal of weight.
“Go” finds itself in a crucial spot in Jesus’ last directive to his disciples. Jesus told them, “Go and make disciples” (Mt. 28:18-20) By saying this, He gives us a directive and the way to accomplish it. Making disciples is the critical command in this verse, but to do it we have to go. Jesus is sending us on a mission. We are to head out with purpose and intent to make disciples. It’s not an aimless wandering that accomplishes the task of making disciples. Dr. Ciampa of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary puts it like this, “it is a prerequisite, a necessary step towards the goal of making disciples of the nations and we must be intentional, deliberate, about going everywhere and leading all peoples to (willingly) obey the Lord Jesus Christ” (full article here).
The problem is most of us find ourselves “on the go” instead of intentionally going with a purpose. We get caught up in our busy schedules. We go to the gas station, to the store, to our homes, to the office, but if we’re not careful we end up being “on the go” instead of aligning all of these things with a singular purpose.
So how do we align our God given directive to “go” with our “on the go” lifestyles?
The simple answer is that we need to bring everything that we do under the mission that Jesus sends us to do. Unfortunately life is complicated and it’s not always easy to see how to “go and make disciples” where we live. My hope is that in writing this blog, I can help you think about where you live and how you can conform your “going” to the direction of Jesus and His command to go and make disciples.
Take some time this week to map out what you do in your life. Is there anything in your life that is a source of busyness or going without a purpose?