It's GO Time!

Pastor Michael Lagle and Christina Li
2/8/18

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Matthew 28 - 16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them… 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach [making disciples of] all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 16 - 14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat…15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

 

In 1903, Elizabeth J. Magie first created “The Landlord’s Game,” "a practical demonstration of the present system of land grabbing with all its usual outcomes and consequences". She based the game on economic principles of Georgism, a system proposed by Henry George, with the object of demonstrating how renting made property owners rich and made tenants poor. She knew that some people could find it hard to understand why this happened and what might be done about it, and she thought that if Georgist ideas were put into the concrete form of a game, they might be easier to demonstrate. Magie also hoped that when played by children the game would provoke their natural suspicion of unfairness, and that they might carry this awareness into adulthood. 

 

What things in your life are not ‘fair?’ What can you do about it? Is sin fair? What did Jesus already do about it? What is your response to Him?

 

In 1935, the Landlord’s game would be published by Parker Brothers as what we now know as Monopoly, which as of two years ago, has been published in 47 languages and sold in 114 countries.  As of January 2017, there have been 300 different versions of the game.

 

One of the most iconic spaces on the Monopoly Board is GO.  Official rules state that whether you pass or land directly on GO, you receive $200.  Many play with house rules that award $400 for landing directly on GO.  While this space is the starting point of a game, it does not have a predetermined space on which to end the game.  There is a $200 incentive to keep going around the board, $400 if playing by house rules.

 

In Monopoly, your movement is at the mercy of the dice.  In order to reach GO (or any other space, for that matter) you must roll the right number on the dice.  If you’re playing by house rules, it’s even more crucial to roll the exact number to land on GO and collect your doubled salary.

 

In reality, your movement is not governed by chance.  You are not a pawn at the mercy of dice, forever moving in the same exact pattern.  You are a child of a merciful and loving God, who, like a proud father, thinks enough of you to commission you to GO into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

 

How does the fact that your life is not left to chance affect the way you view your current circumstances? What can you do to change yourself and/or your circumstance? What does Jesus want you to do? What has He called you to do?

 

All throughout the Bible, we see the Lord telling people to GO:

  • He told Abram to GO from his country (name change, made father of many nations)
  • He told Moses to GO to Pharaoh (deliver the Israelites)
  • He told Joshua to GO over the Jordan river (en route to the promised land)
  • He told Gideon to “GO in this thy might”(deliver the Israelites)
  • He told Samuel to fill his horn with oil and GO (anoint the next king of Israel in David)
  • He told Isaiah to GO and tell the people (deliver the word of the Lord)
  • He told Jeremiah to GO down to the potter’s house (receive the word of the Lord)
  • Necessity for receiving, not just ministering.  Ministering without receiving will leave you dry and empty (Isaiah was to GO and tell, Jeremiah was to GO and hear).
  • He told Hosea to GO marry a prostitute/GO back for her post-adultery (God’s relationship w/ Israel)
  • He told Jonah to GO to Nineveh (preach repentance)

All of those people who obeyed (however reluctantly) the Lord’s commands to GO, and the impact of that obedience, shaped the course of history, and led to the most relevant, most revelatory, most challenging, most impactful of the His commands to GO; we know it as The Great Commission.

 

What excuses have you given to God to try to avoid your calling? How has He responded? What happened when you obeyed God? How has your world changed by your obedience? How has the world changed by your disobedience?

 

“Preach the word,” literally.  GO is defined as:

 

Verb

  • Move from one point to another
    • Travel a specified distance
      • “GO ye therefore,” “GO ye into all the world”
      • Didn’t say GO until you get tired.  No cap.  No limit.  GO into all the world.  GO until you can’t GO no mo’.
    • Travel or move in order to engage in a specified activity or course of action
    • Attend or visit for a particular purpose
      • ”Teach all nations, baptizing,” “Preach the gospel”
      • God does not send people without a particular purpose
    • Begin motion
      • “GO”
    • Used to indicate how a resource is sufficient for or how much can be achieved using it
      • When Jesus is with you/in you and signs follow, that will GO a long way in spreading the gospel

 

  • Leave, depart
  • Leave or resign from a post
    • Before Jesus’ followers could become disciples, and later apostles, they had to leave their families and resign their posts at their jobs.  They had to GO from their previous lives before they could GO into all the world.
      • Luke 9 - 57As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head. 59 He said to another person, “Come, follow me.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead![l]Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.” 61 Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” 62 But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
      • You cannot call yourself a follower of Jesus (or anyone else for that matter) if you stay where you are comfortable.  You cannot, will not progress if you are stuck in your past.  James says a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.  God says he spits out the lukewarm – He’d rather you be cold or hot.

 

  • Be harmonious, complementary, or matching
  • Be found in the same place or situation; be associated
      • “These signs shall follow (or GO after) them that believe”

 

  • Function
  • Continue in operation or existence
    • “And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.”

Noun

  • An attempt or trial at something
  • A project or undertaking that has been approved
    • “That building site is approved.  The construction project is a GO.”
      • Matthew 9 – 35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; 38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

 

    • The Great Commission is literally a “GO!”

Adjective

  • Functioning properly
    • “All systems go.”  All miracles, signs, and wonders are a go.  Baptisms are a go.  It wasn’t too long after that, infilling of the Spirit was a GO.

 

Are you going? Are you following God’s leading?

 

John 4 – 30 Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. 31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. 32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. 33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? 34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. 35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. 37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

 

1 Corinthians 3 – For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God:

 

Galatians 6 – So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

 

The harvest is ready. The fields are white, ready to harvest. The question is, ‘What are you waiting for?’ What more will it take? What more pushing and prodding will it take to get you to go? The harvest is ready.

 

This Bible Study excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Michael Lagle. 

 

For the full YouTube audio/video, click here.

 

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