SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Matthew 28.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” –Matthew 28:19
GO: “To move, to proceed from one place to another, as opposed to:
- resting, not moving
- coming from there to here
This word, “GO,” is at the heart of the Great Commission. It implies that we are to take action, to take initiative. It also implies movement toward something–as opposed to simply resting or expecting potential disciples come to us.
Jesus says, “Go.” And “Go” I will.
Father, Your Son, My Lord, says, “Go” with the gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ. The world says otherwise. It criticizes anyone who actually goes. It expects us to be silent unless they come to us. They expect us to be still, to be quiet, to be at rest. And much of the church seems to be listening to the world. Might it not be so with me! Might I GO with the gospel and ignite others to go as well!
For Your glory and until the whole world hears! Amen.
“The command has been to “go,” but we have stayed–in body, gifts, prayer and influence.” –Robert Savage
“Not called!” Did you say?
“Not heard the call,” I think you should say.
Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help.
Go stand by the gates of Hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters not to come there.
Then look Christ in the face–whose mercy you have professed to obey–and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.” –William Booth