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What a weekend! Celebrating both the Feast of the Ascension and Memorial Day: what an incredible combination.
If I were to take both days and look for a commonality, one very quick and easy one comes to mind: a theme based on the word GO.
On the day when Jesus ascended into heaven, He gave us the Great Commission. This commission, put into its simplest form, could be summed up in the word "Go."
Go and make disciples of all nations. Go and spread the Good News to my people. Go and be My light to the world.
When the angels approached the disciples who were waiting and staring at the sky, they reminded the Apostles to go and wait for the Paraclete that would be coming to them. This Paraclete would provide them all they needed to go forth and carry out Jesus' Commission.
It can be hard to fathom why God would choose His now-flawed creation to be co-redeemers in the grand plan of Salvation. One could wonder why He didn't just stay and be our earthly King, leading us clearly on the right path. Leaving detailed theological answers to those with far more brilliant minds, I will only state the fact that He did, and you and I are that creation. You and I are purposely chosen to help save humanity.
Now, switching gears for a minute, let's consider Memorial Day. It is a day in which we honor those who died so that we might have freedom. Sounds familiar, doesn't it? These precious creations of God responded to the word "Go," leaving the comforts of home and familiarity to enact their commissions. They understood the risks that their commissions held, but offered it all for the sake of helping to save humanity from the evil at work in the world.
What would happen if each of us responded to our commissions from Jesus with the self-abandonment and offering of their lives that these men and women did? No doubt, the world would be a VERY different place. There would be so much less pain, substantially fewer problems, and a greatly diminished existence of heartache. The visibility of God's reign and dominion would be significantly clearer and peace and joy would take deeper root in humanity.
The point here is pretty obvious. We need to GO!!!!
As we remember those who gave their lives for our freedom as well as reflect on the Ascension, let's not be afraid to put it all out there.
It's time for us to GO.
Let's get out there and complete our commission and fulfill our purpose. You and I were created for a reason.
Are you with me?
Then, get ready...
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