Coming and Going

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations… (Matthew 28:19-20)

Revive are about to start a series on how we handle the Bible, how we take it seriously and use it respectfully, so in the spirit of practicing what I (am about to) preach, I want to start with a disclaimer.

There was some distance of time and difference in context between these two sayings of Jesus, and we have to be careful when we take two separate verses and slam them together to make a point, so as is always the case on this blog, what follows is only my own simple musings. I hope there will be some kernel of truth in it, but I can’t claim it is gospel truth.

With that out of the way, these two verses came into my mind during a discussion at college on Monday, and they brought with them a sense of a rhythm of coming and going, like tides rolling up and down a beach.

Jesus calls us to come to him to unburden ourselves and find rest, and then sends us out to our holy work refreshed. And when our witness in the world leaves us weary, he calls us back to himself to begin the pattern again.

Sometimes that happens over an extended period. We come to church to simply be part of a praying and worshiping and learning community, and we are nourished and invigorated, and then we find a calling for our gifts and passions, and we set ourselves to a particular work for the kingdom.

We come and we go.

Perhaps for many of us it is our weekly routine. We see Sundays as a chance to recharge our batteries, giving us a protected space to meet with God before plunging into another week.

We come and we go.

But it can also happen as part of the day to day rhythm of our lives. We start the morning or close the evening in prayer, and go about our day in the knowledge that every act can be an act of service.

We come and we go.

We come and we go.

Like tides rolling up and down a beach, we come and we go.



Published by leighannegreenwood

Baptist minister in training with Revive Leeds. Blogging on behalf of Revive and (coming soon) for myself at Covenant Project.

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