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Monday, August 8, 2011

"Go" ...

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119:130 NIV

Matthew rides horses every week. It is part of his Hippotherapy to strengthen his core and balance. He rides the horses and receives physical and occupational therapy at TherAplay. They teach him that as he is ready to call out to the horse and say, "Go!" Then the horse will move forward and they get moving.

I couldn't help but think of Jesus while I was watching Matthew on Friday. Jesus also gave us a command. He said, "Go." He was telling us to go physically out to people around us and demonstrate worship in compassion and sacrifice. Notice he says to all people and to go with a purpose. David Branon wrote in June of 2010:

Picher, Oklahoma, is no more. In mid-2009, this once-bustling town of 20,000 went out of business. In the first quarter of the 1900s, Picher was a boomtown because of its abundant lead and zinc. Workers extracted the ore, which was used to help arm the US during both World Wars.

The town faded as the ore began to run out—but the biggest problem was that while the lead and zinc brought wealth, they also brought pollution. Because nothing was done to deal with the pollution, Picher became a toxic wasteland, and the government condemned the land.

What happened to Picher can happen to people. Prosperity can look so good that it’s hard to think about possible downsides. Actions that are detrimental to long-term spiritual health are accepted, and unless the problem is corrected, destruction follows. It happened to King Saul. He began as a good king, but in seeking success he failed to see the damage he was doing. Turning his back on God’s commands, he acted “foolishly” (1 Sam. 13:13) and lost his kingdom (v.14).

In our attempts to find success, we need to watch out for spiritual pollution that comes when we fail to follow God’s clear scriptural guidelines. Godly living always beats toxic living.

To many times Christ-followers go yet they do not go with a purpose in mind. They go and move forward but with out a purpose it is like a town full of pollution. They start to feel scorned and toxins set in along with discouragement. So, what is the purpose Jesus set out for us? The purpose is to go and LOVE! Jesus' words are full of love and are are to follow in His example.

I am going to "go" and I pray I will see you on the journey. You know I love ya, Don

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