Summary: There are times when the Lord said wait. There are other times when He said GO! In this lesson we'll explore some of our Lord's GO! commands.
Many times in the scriptures the Lord commands His people to wait. Such passages as Psalms 27:14 “Wait on the Lord… Wait I say on the Lord!” or the words of Habakkuk 2:1 when prophet said “I will stand my watch…” and wait for the Lord. We understand the value of waiting on the Lord. BUT there are other times the Lord says don’t wait… GO! There are times when the Lord throws the door open for us, points off in the distance and says GO! Run With All Your Might! It’s those instances that I would like for us to turn our attention to this morning. We’ll call the the Lord’s GO! Statements. By learning where the Lord wants us to GO!, well learn how to be more like Him.
Let’s explore together the passages where Jesus said GO! so that we can gain a better understanding
#1 - GO! Be Reconciled To Your Brother.
“Therefore if you bring your offering to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, (24) leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24
The Lord tells us to GO! and be reconciled to our brother and forgive him through the bond of peace. Why is this so important? Of all the points of our Lord’s Prayer that Jesus commented on it was forgiving one another. “For if you forgive others their sins, your Father will forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their sins, neither will your Father forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-15). The apostle Paul reminded the Colossians of the importance of forgiving when he said, “Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful” (3:12-15).
#2 - GO! The Second Mile.
“And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.” (Matthew 5:41)
The Lord tells us to GO! the second mile when we are only compelled to go one. The Lord is showing us that true Christians will not only do what is required but they will go beyond expectations. Such as Philemon (Philemon 21) and the way Paul knew he would do more than was required of him in his relationship to Onesimus. To go the second mile means that we will be like the Macedonians who went the second mile in giving beyond their ability (2 Corinthians 8:1-5). When we go the second mile it means we will put others and their interest above our own (Philippians 2:4).
#3 - GO! Learn The Will of God.
“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Matthew 9:13)