We concluded our study of Matthew’s Gospel last week. One phrase stood out in the concluding verses, “Go quickly and tell,” (28:7)! We are all capable of being spiritually lazy saints. We want to stay off the rough roads of life and secure a peaceful retreat from the world. Then we are struck with such commands as, “Go and tell,” and we realize such a retreat is opposed to the spirituality Jesus taught.
I think as Christians we have become spiritually lazy. It’s understandable for the world we live in is awash in injustice, degradation, ingratitude, and turmoil. We are confronted daily with these sins, and our response is to retreat to a quiet place away from it all. From our place of retreat we seek only our enjoyment of Jesus Christ, not a true realization of Him. And we wonder why there are no tongues of fire in our Christian speech. It is because we have set our feet in the wrong direction.
Jesus does not call us into spiritual retirement. Paul pointed this out when he wrote, “Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” (Heb. 10:24-25). The danger of spiritual retreat is that we do not want to be stirred up, or spurred on – we only want to learn about spiritual retirement from the world. Yet Jesus Christ never encourages the idea of retirement – He says, “Go and tell.”
Go and Tell,