Minden Press-Herald

Sep 30th

Get Up and Go

This command was given by Jesus to Paul when stricken blind on the Damascus Road (Acts 9:1-6). "There you will be told (or find out) all that you have been assigned to do." So Paul was led into the city where he met Ananias. It was through this man's prayer that Paul received back his sight. This was the beginning of a repeated cycle for Paul..."get up and go....get up and go......get up and go."

From there on to the end, the Book of Acts we read of the exciting adventures of Paul as he fulfilled the 'assignments given him' by the Lord Jesus.

From town to town, region to region and country to country, Paul preached the Gospel of Salvation to everyone who would listen. Day after day, Paul would 'get up and go' about his assignment, though he may have been sore, injured, naked, or stoned nearly to death. He knew how important it was to fulfill his assignment. Can't we learn some things from him?

We all have heard the old saying, "my git up and go - has got up and gone". Well, that would not suit well with Paul.Nor will Jesus accept this excuse for not fulfilling His Divine Call upon our lives. The Great Commission (Matt.28:19-20) energized Paul to keep on going...throughout the known world. It should serve as our energizer as well today.

To best know what that assignment is, we must have an idea of the spiritual gifts bestowed upon us by the Holy Spirit at conversion. Throughout the New Testament, we find many references to the use of our spiritual gifts in ministry. (Heb 2:4; Rom 12:6; 1 Cor 12: 1-9; Eph 4:8, etc). No one has been omitted and no one is excused for not using their gift(s). As God's Children we have been gifted to serve the church (1 Pet 4:10-11). We all have been called to be ministers, using our gifts (Matt 4:19).

When these two truths are coupled together, it is not difficult for believers to 'get up and go'. We will be consciously aware of spiritual needs around us. The Holy Spirit will be our guide and direct us to step into the lives of others, to sense needs, discern actions to take, and give us boldness to witness, minister and serve.

Some of us would rather 'talk about doing' instead of getting up and getting into the action of doing. "Talk is cheap", we all have heard! Another saying is: "Put your money where your mouth is". Jesus wants to see action, results, commitment and obedience.

There is so much we can do for the cause of Christ. (Matt 25:34-46). The time is NOW. The command is still "GET UP AND GO". Taking the gospel message to everyone!






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