The gospel of Matthew (and Mark) ends with what has come to be known as the Great Commission, Jesus’ last instructions to his disciples about what they should do next to continue his mission. Jesus told them, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19)
I wonder whether sometimes we overdo the ‘go and make’, forgetting Jesus’ final phrase to the disciples, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (v20) We feel a sense of urgency and responsibility that we must go and do, that the onus is on us. And while it is urgent and we are responsible, I think we can sometimes forget that Jesus is already there, that we are being invited to join in with what the he is already doing. The onus isn’t on us alone to ‘do’, but to let God work through us.
And maybe this might look more like a ‘stay and wait’, rather than a ‘go and make’. Maybe rather than going somewhere new God is asking us to stay where we are, because we are right where he wants us to be. Maybe rather than charging in and doing God instead wants us to wait and watch and see what he is already doing in that place, so that we might then join in.
There might be times when rather than feeling stressed about the doing and going and trying to push the foot further down on the accelerator, that instead God wants us to slow down, to embrace where we currently are, and to see what he is already doing around us.