“ARISE AND GO!”Tweet
Did you know that “arise and go” is not complete until it accomplishes that which it seeks? Did you also know that whenever God instructs His chosen vessels or instruments to “arise and go” it is about long-term impacting change and transformation of societies? Well, now you do, as we look at some select examples in scriptures. “Arise and go” is not a dubious expression to be thrown about by everyone, for it portends far-reaching significance. If we must all arise and go to spread anything at all this season, may that be the innocuous, rippling assurance of goodwill towards all to transmute sullen irritability seething among us over a dangerous, yet obscure virus. Whatever we do should go beyond attachment to individuals or organizations but to our mission, ordination, calling and purpose. We are all destined for such as Paul made it clear to the sophisticated church of Ephesus and to us today.
- To Philip through an angel He said, “arise, and go … bringing baptism and salvation to an Ethiopian official and the gospel to Azotus [Acts 8:26-40];
- To Saul He said, “arise, and go … and his conversion happened not just changing his identity but impacting the lives of many believers until this age and time [Acts 9:6-9];
- To Ananias He said “arise and go … bringing baptism and salvation to Saul the persecutor [Acts 9:11-18];
- To Cornelius the Centurion He said through an angel, “your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God” … divinely networking him with Peter [Acts 10:1-7];
- To Peter He said, “get up, kill and eat” … Cornelius, his entire household were baptised and received salvation, and, that commenced preaching of the gospel of Good News to Jews, Gentiles and all nations today [Acts 10:1-48].
- Remember also that through Peter, he said “arise and go” and there was a healing and a resurrection of the dead.
- To prophets and teachers in the church at Antioch He said, “set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work …” and the word of God was proclaimed in Jewish synagogues causing Sergious Paulus and many others to receive and believe the gospel [Acts 13].
But what does He say to us nowadays? Our “visas/green cards,” “wives/husbands,” “ministries,” “market place professions,” “going to nations,” “being first but not last,” “receiving material things” “skills and talents” … all ought to be tied to a divine mission with a net effect to the glory of God. “Arise and go” exceeds merely “receiving” but is also revelation that clarifies our purpose and goes beyond just the individual and personal gratification. Clearly, from diverse scriptures, we see attachment to purpose and transforming change. If that is not clear, we are better of seeking clarity on our assignment to avoid frustration. We are expected to “arise and go” do greater works. But how shall we do greater works if we don’t know where we are going and have no idea of what works we have been called to do? “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” [Ephesians 2:10 NIV].
Have a fulfilling week ahead.Shalom!
In Christ’s service,
Originally posted by Dann Matthews W’Obukosia