Jesus gave the challenge to GO and make disciples of all nations. The apostles and the church obeyed.  The church has grown all over the world as Jesus’ disciples took his command seriously. If you know Jesus today, it is because someone told you about the life-changing message of Christ.

The challenge remains today to GO and take the gospel message to Troy, Warren, White Lake, Farmington Hills, Lake Orion, Detroit, Romeo, Royal Oak, Pontiac and to the distant places of our world.  We must GO! And yet, before Jesus gave the command to GO, he gave the invitation to COME.

His invitation came with wide open arms as he said, “COME to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  Jesus knew exactly what we needed and he was the only one who could provide it. The invitation was powerful and life-giving.

At one point in his ministry, Jesus talked of the people who had searched the Scriptures that they may have eternal life, and yet they refused to COME to him that they may have life. Our positive response to the invitation of Jesus results in eternal life.  Jesus gives the invitation out of compassion, understanding our situation and burdens.

The invitation demands commitment, for Jesus said, “Whoever does not bear his own cross and COME after me, cannot be my disciple.”  Once a person COMES to Jesus he is a disciple, which means he learns from the teacher. He follows in the Rabbi’s footsteps and becomes more and more like the rabbi over time.

The invitation to COME results in a closeness and communion with Jesus. Our times with Jesus in Bible study, prayer and meditation are life-changing. We need to COME to him often for refreshment and revitalization as we live out our busy lives on mission for him.

Jesus invites each of us, like he did the disciples of old, to COME apart and rest. Not only is our time with Jesus life-changing for us, it is noticed by others. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized they had been with Jesus.”

By all means, we must GO. And yet COMING precedes GOING. We need our times with the Lord.  Would you accept the invitation to COME to Jesus for salvation and then to COME often for communion, learning and refreshment? You will never regret COMING.