I talked with a friend the other day who is, amidst rather dire warnings, returning to the tenuous mission field the Lord has placed upon her heart. Even though there are threatenings, even though she may very well face physical harm, she is returning. The future is unknown and can, at times, seem bleak, but I understand why she is willing to forsake her friends and family and a life that is safe and familiar. Because life lived without Christ is no life at all.
In our rather comfortable American Christian lives, we are not often called upon to make the "hard" decisions. We are not often asked to deny Christ or die. We do not often live in fear of our lives. Rare is persecution for our faith (though it is growing). Many, however, are the missionaries in foreign fields who have to make these decisions on a regular basis. They go anyway, in complete devotion to the Lord's call upon their lives. This attitude and example is something we need to learn from.
We are all called to 'go and do and be.' These three words are not written here in the grand and often misguided American 'go explore the world, do what makes you happy, and be yourself' sense, but rather a greater and God-commanded way of living. It is 'go ye therefore and teach all nations,' reaching out to the lost and poor in Delhi or Skid Row or the family living three doors down. It is 'do everything he has commanded' with a spirit of love, grace He has given, and passion for the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is 'be Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.'
No matter where He calls us to live, we all must 'go and do and be.' We all must "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" so that His will becomes our all and everything (Phil. 3:14). We must preach Jesus Christ regardless of our circumstances - Paul sets that example time and time again. "For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on ever side; without were fightings, within were fears" yet he preached the Gospel anyway (2 Cor. 7:5). Living in America, this can be a hard concept to grasp for we rarely face such circumstances. My friend, however, lives by this principle and so must we.
Let us 'go and do and be,' my friends! In our neighborhoods, in our city, state, country and unto the ends of the world!