“Know where you are going for God.”
The professor of my World Missions class said this daily, grounding it in Paul’s testimony below. It must have impacted me more than I realize because it was my very first thought today.
“But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God. For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written,
‘Those who have never been told of him will see,
and those who have never heard will understand.’
This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while. At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem bringing aid to the saints.”
“If you have come to faith in Jesus, you should be going somewhere by faith in Jesus.”
Jesus, Peter, and Paul were always on their way somewhere. Peoples’ homes, a wedding, the other side of a lake, a funeral, a far-off place. Wherever they were, they made the gospel known. This is not necessarily about location in as much as it is about intention.
So… where are you going?