I’ve been fascinated recently listening to Mac and Tai talk about the theme of the ‘Move’ album. They have been commenting that if ‘Revelation’ was about saying to the Lord ‘should I stay here or should I go?’ then ‘Move’ is about responding to God’s call to get moving and do something! This type of thinking certainly resonates with me and leads me back to Jesus’ commandment to the disciples:
Mark 16:15 ' And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.'
It may be simplistic but I have always been willing to take God seriously when he challenges me to go into all the world. Of course, the world starts on our doorstep, and I began to preach in the small churches in the denomination I grew up in around the south-west London area in the UK. Now, thirty years later, I still get a real thrill from 'going' to preach about Jesus-whether it's to a church or youth event 10 miles away in Wales where I live or a country like India or Liberia five thousand miles away. In fact, I have a real difficulty in turning down opportunities to preach, wherever they may be.
The fact is that we worship a God who is a sending God-
*He sent His Son into the world to save us
*He sent His Spirit to live in us
*He sends us into the world to tell other about Him
The very heart of mission is the mindset that Christians cannot be inward looking but must be outward going. It's not that the church of God has a mission but that the God of mission has a church.
As for me, if I haven't been able to 'go' somewhere in the name of Jesus for while then I get restless and thirst for the challenge and the experience again of being sent by God to be part of his mission to a world that needs to be redeemed.