Minden Press-Herald

Wednesday
Oct 01st

Come . . . Go

Have you ever attended an extremely inspiring meeting that was so satisfying you wished it would never end? What must it have been like for the disciples to sit raptly listening to Jesus?! He gave the invitation "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" Matthew 11:28. That invitation, as well as the following, is still extended to us. "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink" John 7:37. How much we each need to avail ourselves of those invitations to find both rest and satisfaction for our spiritual thirst. But once we have rested, once we have drunk, it is time to share the acquired blessing.

After His disciples had spent considerable time with Him, Jesus "sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick" Luke 9:2. You see, spiritual growth does not occur when blessings are hoarded. It is only as we experience the sharing of God's Word and all His blessings that we have room to receive more and a capacity to appreciate them. We're told in Luke 6:38 "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over."

Jesus had cast the demons out of the devil possessed man who now wanted nothing more than to stay in the presence of his Savior, "Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee" Mark 5:19. He had very limited time with Jesus, but for his own benefit, it was needful for him to share his personal testimony.

May we each find the balance for ongoing spiritual growth as we heed the invitation to "come", but likewise the instruction "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"

Mark 16:15. Both are blessed privileges.

 

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