I love travel guides. If you step into my guest room you’ll see a table with a collection of travel guides from cities I’ve been to, and some from places I hope to visit. You’ll even see a collection of guides for Virginia, where I live. I especially love the ones with color pictures and maps of each neighborhood that show me where to walk and what to see or do along my route.
I was cleaning my sink a couple days ago and started thinking about my recent trip to a bookstore to comb through their travel guides. Yes, I’m planning a vaca and yes I’m excited! Then out of nowhere it struck me, the Bible is a lot like a travel guide. It tells me where to go and what to see or do along my route. And I don’t know where that thought could’ve come from unless God was trying to tell me something. Maybe that I should put as much thought into making the most out of my “normal days” as I put into planning my vacation days, for His glory of course. Or maybe just to turn off the HGTV and pick up my Bible. Either way…
This verse immediately came to mind as the most obvious example:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
I should go into all the nations
And while I’m there I should make disciples and teach them to obey God’s commands
Then I wondered, The Great Commission is an overarching directive that applies to all of us as believers, but where else does God tell us to go, and what else does He tell us to do and see along the way? And more importantly, am I going and doing? So I plan to spend some more time on this in the next couple days or weeks.
What verses come to your mind? How has God spoken to you through His word about what we need to go and do? Is it to be still (go: to a quiet place) and abide (do: wait for, endure without yielding, bear patiently…) as Kim’s been discussing? Something else entirely? I’d love to hear from you!