Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.Matthew 28:19-20
Remember the Monopoly board game? The game begins with each player’s game piece sitting on the starting spot, a large corner square marked with the word “GO.” And if you are unfortunate enough to have played an entire game of Monopoly, that was exactly what you did for the next 3-5 days. You never stopped going, around and around and around the board, buying properties, placing houses and hotels on them, paying and collecting rent, going straight to jail (while not passing “go” and not collecting $200), and probably lashing out at your fellow players along the way.
Just as constantly going is at the heart of Monopoly, it’s also the heart of the church. This is exactly what Jesus calls his followers to at the end of Matthew 28. In the original language, the “go” in v. 19 could actually be interpreted to mean “as you are going, make disciples of all nations.” In other words, the church should be a going people, always on the move, looking for the opportunity to make disciples wherever it is that we happen to be going in the consistent rhythms of our lives.
What an appropriate reminder for us as we approach Valley Creek Go–a weekend of going and serving in our community. May we be reminded that going is not reserved for one weekend a year, nor is it confined to a program or ministry initiative organized by church leaders and committees. My prayer is that the posture of our hearts would increasingly be to make disciples as we are going.