Go: Letting Go of the “Just”

Recently I wrote about Jesus’ words, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15) , and the impact those words were having on me. They were words that were settling in my spirit, my soul. I was being brought to a place of heavy reflection on how I was living my life. Was I proclaiming the gospel to His creation? If not…what was holding me back? 

Over this last month, I have meditated on those words. I have been reflecting on my life, my words and my actions. It was becoming increasingly clear that my life did not completely reflect the commissioning words of Jesus.  

I began praying for God to show me how to look beyond myself and see only what He sees – a world desperately crying out for a Rescuer. I began to pray for a heart that breaks for what breaks His. I began to pray; I did not know what else to do, but, pray.

One of the major barriers, for me, was the restrictive mindset I was letting dictate my identity. An identity as a daughter of the King. An identity of one who has scandalously been set free through an undeserved grace. An identity that has found redemption. An identity of one who has been called, “to go”.

Letting go of the “just”. 

“Just”. It is one little word; it is one huge extinguisher to the spreading of the Gospel flames. It has been my barrier. It is the word that can suppress most people (me) – “I’m just a(n) ___________.

This word. It is – an excuse, a fallback, a short-sighted mindset. Most of all, it is me retreating from the front lines of battle. I live in a world that has evil waging war on all that inhabit it; a world that is stained with sin. Yet, there I hide myself in the safe shadows with “just” wrapped around me like a thick coat shielding a bitterly cold wind.

I pray for those that are risking their very lives to spread the Gospel. I pray for those that are being forced to look into the eyes of evil and feel its very breath upon them because of their relationship with Jesus. I pray for those around me that are missing out on His redeeming grace. I give to further the cause of those being the hands and feet of Jesus. I fan the flames of the Gospel at a safe distance.

I keep myself from inching closer to the front lines of battle by letting my insecurities hold me back. 

One thing that has become increasingly clear to me is that there is no “just” when living for Him. The pages of the Bible are filled with examples of God using people for His glory – people from all walks of life; people from all stations in life. There is the ugly and unwanted wife. The lustful and disobedient king. The insecure and timid girl. The tarnished and broken harlot. The greedy and selfish tax collector. The calloused and hardworking fishermen. The unkept and burly wilderness-man who was paving the way for Jesus himself.

The examples can continue on and on. All these people, no matter who they are or what they were in life, had one thing in common. A need, a desperate need for a Rescuer. Just like me. Just like you. Yet, God chose them. He used them. They yielded their hearts and their lives to Him. They did not let the “just” keep them from the path set before them.

Back to me.

“Just”. It is a word that is hard to overcome. It is a word that has held me back for too long. It is a word that no longer applies.

When Jesus commissioned these words “to go”, He did not do so with the expectation of us going at it alone. He goes before us and He goes with us. His fingerprint is on every situation and thing that takes place in our lives. Those who are in Him, have Him with them. Always. Because of that…we can do extraordinary things for the kingdom of God.

From the poor and struggling student to the great and powerful leader who reigns over a nation – all can be used to spread the good news of Jesus. That means you and that means me. There is a world that is literally dying; a world dying without ever having the chance to know that there is a God who loves them. A Savior who died to rescue them. A Spirit who is here to guide them.

“Just” cannot hold us back any longer. We need to – 1. Love more (the unceasing kind of love through Jesus). 2. Be more (be the hands and feet of Jesus). 3. Do more (carry out the Gospel message to all people). It is no longer okay to sit back and hide behind the “just”; It is time – to go.


GO: Living out the Gospel – Introduction

Hello, friends. If you are a frequent visitor of my blog, you have most likely read lots of little stories about me and some of the happenings in my life. I enjoy sharing these stories. I enjoy writing. I enjoy having the opportunity to use my words and my stories to glorify God and His grace and His goodness.

Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”  (Mark 16:15)

Lately, these words have so strongly been placed in my heart and spirit. Words that started out as a whispering breeze are now turning into a strong wind. I know God is wanting me to do more than just tell my story, He is wanting me to tell His story. It is only in His story where redemption, love, and wholeness can be found. 

I began to ask…where? How? I don’t really know where God is leading me in all of this. I am a homeschool stay-at-home mom. I have little to no adult interaction in an average day. What can I do?  Daily, He is gently reminding me not to put Him in a box. 

God is not constrained to our own perceived limitations. 

I am starting here, with you. God has not revealed a “big and grand” plan. I just know I should start with what He has given me. I may not be a fantastic writer, but I can usually put together some sort of comprehensible sentence. Usually. I don’t have any sort of “following”, but, I have been given a love for writing; I will use the love that I was given for writing to point it right back to The Giver. 

I am starting a new series of posts on here that reflect on the call “to go”. What it means, what it looks like in our every day lives, what we can do to follow the words of Christ. However, don’t for a minute believe that I am an expert in this…far from it. 

I want to share what I learn, as I learn. 

I won’t be the only one posting about this. I will be inviting others to join with me on this topic and post their experiences and share how they are following this call “to go”. One of the most frequent people you will find here posting about this will be my youngest brother, Matthew.

Here is a preview of the thoughts and writings you will find from him…

“As a marketing student, I am constantly doing case studies to better the marketing efforts of non-existent companies. There is always a process my professors have me go through for each project. While this sounds completely unrelated and monotonous, please just hear me out. 

The first step is to know what your strategy is. This is the overarching point of the entire marketing plan. Everything that follows is meant to attain and fulfill this purpose. The next step is to set specific goals/objectives that are measurable and fit into reaching the strategy. Finally, you have your tactics for how you will reach these goals. These are the practical steps on how you will actually carry out the entire project.

 Why do I mention these steps? Because they are very practical in the way we conduct our lives as Christians. We are a culture of compartmentalization.

 I have my class time, my homework time, my various social times, my church time; all of these are things I separate as different tasks. While they all are unique and different, there should be an overarching purpose to which they all contribute. These are the tactics, so to speak. 

I am taking six classes this semester in order to reach one of my objectives of graduating from college. The purpose in this is so that I can use my degree to move overseas and work with people who don’t have the Gospel among them. This is how doing my homework, showing up for class, and paying my tuition are all tactics that contribute to the end purpose of my life. 

However, we as Christians often have a disconnect between tactic and strategy. 

In the myriad of daily commitments, we so often treat them as if they are the end goal for us. Maybe it’s because of a lack of energy, an overcrowded schedule, or a lack of vision; no matter what it is, we all struggle with seeing the daily, weekly, and monthly tasks (tactics) as reaching an objective to accomplish a Gospel purpose. Because of this, we make unbiblical separations in our lives. We live with a mindset that there is a certain time of the day (or week) where we are to be Gospel-driven. 

While we often feel good about these designated “God” times, it really isn’t biblical and really isn’t adequate to the life we have been called to live out as people of regeneration (new life in Christ).  The Gospel is meant to flow into every aspect of our lives as believers. But unfortunately, it doesn’t. We are people consumed by doing tasks without having the overall purpose in mind. This must change.”

So, here we are, two people with a set purpose to further understand and live out the call “to go”, daily, as Gospel-centered individuals. We are excited to share this journey with you. Our goal is not to make ourselves feel like “better Christians”, but instead, to fan the flames of the Gospel message to all people.

“For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts. For we never came with words of flattery, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children. So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. (1 Thessalonians 2:3-8) 

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