13 May Jonah 1:3a; Matthew 28:19
3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Last week we learned about Jonah running from God’s call. He had been a devout prophet of the Lord, but when God called him to do something he didn’t agree with, Jonah disobeyed God and fled. Or, as we saw this week, he tried to. Have you ever done the same? You’ve probably never physically run from God, but perhaps you’ve disobeyed or ignored Him. Funny enough, we often do it with the excuse of not being “called.” We’re sitting on the sidelines waiting for God to call us, likely watching others do ministry and often even benefiting from what they are doing. But I once heard someone say, we don’t wait to be called when we’ve already been commanded. God has given us many commands in His Word that we are not to merely read, or memorize, but obey. One of Jesus’ last instructions to His disciples (and to us) was to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Are you following this command? Or do you believe it’s for others, like church staff, or those “called” to evangelism? Don’t be like Jonah – follow God’s command.