Thursday, December 6, 2012
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Boy, when our family was growing up, if you were planning to take our oldest son somewhere, you'd better have all your details or you may not go. See, he was never a great fan of surprises or mystery rides; that kind of thing. In fact, ever since he was little, he wanted a detailed itinerary before he could feel good about any trip.
Oh, so man, I would get so many questions, "Well, where are we going, Dad?" "How much money will I need?" "What will we do when we're there?" "What will we do when there's nothing to do?" "Where are we going to eat?" "What time will we be back?" "How long will it take to get there?" "How long will it take to get back?" Ahhh! He should have been a detective or a reporter with all those questions. Now, I'm not sure he was all that unusual. Look, most of us like to know a lot about our destination before we leave where we are. Right? But that information is often not available.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Just Go."
Well, our word for today from the Word of God comes from Acts 8. Let me begin reading out of the ministry of Philip here in verse 5. "Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there." Now, the ensuing verses go on to tell us that he was having some very dramatic results. And then in the middle of all that in verse 26, "Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, 'Go south to the road - the desert road - that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.' So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, 'Go to that chariot and stay near it.'"
Now, as you may remember, the rest of the story tells us that Philip went and had an opportunity to find a spiritually prepared man there. He led him to Christ, told him who Isaiah was speaking of, and this man went back and began the spread of the Gospel into Africa because of his very strategic position in the court in Ethiopia.
Now, Philip was in the middle of a great situation in Samaria, and suddenly he gets this command, "Go to the desert." That's it! No further instructions. You know what it says? "So he started out." Okay, there's a biblical pattern here. It happened to Abraham, "Go to the land that I will show you." Not much detail. He said to Saul of Tarsus in chapter 9, after Saul was accosted by Christ and met by Christ on that Damascus road, he says, "Go into the city and you will be told what you must do." Here we go again! No further instructions. See, God often asks you to be going without knowing. And we're just like my son, "Where? What about all the money I need? What are we going to do there? How long will I be there?" God says, "Just go."
Many people have missed God's best because they've limited themselves to safe obedience - must stay in my comfort zone. That's a great place to miss the will of God. Instead of saying, "Anywhere with Jesus I can safely go," they sing, "Anywhere with Jesus I can go safely." It wouldn't surprise me if God is right now saying maybe to you, "Go!" Maybe to talk to someone who doesn't know Christ and you've never talked to them; or to go to a ministry assignment you feel unprepared for; or to go follow Him into Christian service; or to go obey Him in an area where that obedience might really cost you something. But will you go? Pray about it? Study His Word?
Be sure it's His voice and then do it! What happened when Philip did? He found a prepared heart and a mission that made a transforming difference, and you will too. But first, you have to lay aside the caution and the rigidity that only goes when all the answers are there. After all, what is living by faith?
If the Lord is saying, "Just go," then just go.