I shared a little bit in an earlier post about my heart for missions and why I’m writing this blog and what I hope you as the reader might take away from it.
I wanted to take the time now to explain the meaning behind the name “Arise, Let’s go!” I spent a lot of time thinking and praying about the name, especially as names are so significant to God. Let me break it down.
For my 21st Birthday my Father gave me a copy of the Dr. Seuss classic “Oh the Places You Will Go”, a very fitting book as I was about to spend 6 months half way around the world. I love this book because in it the character goes on this great adventure, sometimes soaring high and other times he finds himself in a bit of a pickle, but, importantly, he goes.
Way back in Genesis 12, God calls Abram to get up and leave his home country. And in faith Abram set out on this adventure with God. He is told to GO! Countless times over generations God has been drawing people to himself and sending His people out to be a part of this process.
The book of Jonah tells us that God told Jonah to “Go immediately to Nineveh” (Jonah 1:2). In Hebrews it translates “Arise, go.” It has an urgency to get up from what you are doing and go. This is God’s command to Jonah, but it’s also a command for us. The Word of the LORD has come to us,just as it did to Jonah, and we are told to “go and make disciples of all the nations… baptising them… and teaching them” (Matthew 28:19-20).
But to do this requires us to firstly hear God’s word and then to obey. I think this is often the point that we get stuck. How do we know where God is calling us to? Then how do we actually make it a reality? We can see the end goal God has in mind, but it’s the tricky murky steps in between that have us confused.
That’s the purpose of this blog.
As I journey through these massive questions, through those murky steps, I’m inviting you to be part of it. Maybe you know where God wants you, or perhaps you have no idea where that is or how to start.
That’s why it’s “let’s” go, because I’m not going alone, we are going together. I’m sure you are familiar with the saying it ‘takes a village to raise a child’. Well that’s true here too- it takes a community to raise an effective missionary. I can’t do this journey on my own, and frankly, if I tried, it would just be silly. Let’s journey together, asking the hard questions and seeking the Lord together.
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea,
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…. get on your way!”
Thank you so much for joining me on this journey!