Jul 1 2011

He said, “Go.”

“The word of the LORD came to Jonah son of Amittai: ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.’” (Jonah1.1-2)

One could almost hear Jonah thinking, “Nineveh? Why, they’re a cruel, pagan people, an enemy of Israel. Besides, there’s still lots of preaching to be done in my own country with my own people.”

So, “…Jonah ran away from the LORD and headed for Tarshish.” (Jonah1.3a)

We know how that little excursion of disobedience turned out for Jonah.

The LORD had one thing to say to Jonah: “Go.” He gave no leeway, no options, and He asked no opinion from Jonah. The LORD simply said, “Go.”

Options are the unprincipled distinction of the self-controlled.
Commands are the wonderful privileges of those under God’s authority.

Options are the prideful considerations of those serving self.
Commands are the humble honors of those serving Him.

We do not pick and choose our areas of service to God. We receive His call and obey as willing servants.

At the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus said, “Go.” (Matthew 28.19; Mark 16.15) He also said to His disciples, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the most distant part of the earth.” (Acts 1.8)

Nineveh was not a lovely side trip to which Jonah was called. Neither was it to be considered a burden. The omniscient God, our Creator God, the God who loves us and loved Nineveh said “go and preach repentance” to that city. It was an order to be obeyed, plain and simple.

When God speaks to us, we can do no less.

Apr 12 2009

He is Risen!

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3They were saying among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 4for it was very big. Looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back.

5Entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed. 6He said to them, “Don’t be amazed. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him! 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He goes before you into Galilee. There you will see him, as he said to you.’”

8They went out, and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come on them. They said nothing to anyone; for they were afraid.   Mark 16:1-8 WEB