Of course, “God” is the obvious choice for favorite word in the Bible.
But God is a broad topic,
way beyond my ability to condense into a meager blog post.
So I’m going to go with “go”.
The last directive Jesus gave the disciples before He ascended was,
“Go and make disciples of all nations.” Matt. 28:19
Notice that He didn’t say,
“Gather in groups and wait for the nations to come to you.”
A few weeks ago, I wrote about that word, “come”.
It’s a good word. One of my favorites.
But it needs a partner.
We come. And then we go.
We come to Jesus with
our hopes and fears,
our requests and praises,
our failures and victories.
We come to join with the Body of Christ
to encourage and exhort,
to learn and unite,
to stimulate each other to love and good deeds.
We come, but then we go.
And then we come again.
And then we go again.
It’s like a dance.
Faithful Jewish worshipers had to walk up a steep incline as they approached Jerusalem for feasts and festivals. There were special songs assigned to this pilgrimage called “The Songs of Ascent” (Psalms 120-134). It would be like people from all over town walking up Oak Street, singing together on their way to church. (Can we please try that sometime?)
They came up to worship, but they knew after a few days they would have to walk back down and live out their faith in the every-day. The ebb and flow between coming and going gave balance to their lives.
Some of us need to remember to come — come to worship (even online worship!), come to Bible study, come to serve and do our part in the body of Christ.
Some of us need to remember to go — go into our small circles of the world, go with God’s word burning in our hearts, go see if someone we know wants to learn to be a disciple.
“The Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.”
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