Stop and Go

Jerry Bailie's picture

And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying, arise and go unto Nineveh that great city and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee. (Jonah 3:1-2) KJV

Many people who follow Christ believe that God’s basic call in their life was for them to stop doing this, or stop doing that. These same people often give their stories of faith by saying something like, “I gave my life to Jesus, and I stopped doing this and that, and…” telling the sins they have tried to put off all this time. I for one believe there is more, much more to Christianity that simply trying to stop doing things!

Now I agree that it’s good to stop or set aside habits or behaviors that are harmful or sinful or not of God but the heart of Christian discipleship does not revolve simply around the word stop in my opinion. If it were we would all be much better off to simply hide behind the four walls of our homes to keep from doing these things.
Christianity requires action. It requires you to GO when God tells you to go. You have to be attentive to what God wants you to do and you must have a willing heart to move when He tells you to GO! Jonah is a good example of someone called into action by God. God told Jonah to “Go to Nineveh” and it was his mission to go whether he (Jonah) liked it or not. We may get delayed from the demands of our daily lives but God does not forget what he directs you to do and this was just as true for Jonah. “Go to Nineveh.”

Nineveh is not just the place you don’t want to go. It’s the place that is seemingly out of God’s reach. That’s why He is sending you. It is why he is directing you to “GO.” He's sending you because it’s the friend who is struggling, or the family member that you’ve prayed for over and over and never see them change. It’s the person who laughs at your faith or how you live. It may be a person you try to love but they just respond like a complete jerk regardless of how gracious you are. It’s the situation that never seems to get any better or never inspires any hope. It’s the place God has called you to go, and it’s there where you will need to rely on God to direct and support your efforts to His calling.

The message of God is not a message to stop, it is a message that begins with GO. So I ask, what are you waiting for?

Many Blessings,

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