Oh, the Places You Will Go!

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“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.” John 20:21 KJV

Theodor Geisel aka Dr. Seuss wrote a children’s book entitled Oh, The Places You’ll Go! That book has become a staple at thousands of graduations, encouraging the graduates to see life and all it has to offer. The suggestions are unimaginable to many of them, but Dr. Seuss makes it all seem so possible. The key to these promised adventures was to just go! Dr. Seuss, in a way, sent the graduates to worlds unknown.

After His resurrection, Jesus acknowledges to His disciples that He was sent by God the Father. He came to this world with an assignment to do His Father’s will. It may seem to some that Jesus had finished His assignment with the Crucifixion, but that is not so. Jesus had no intention of leaving His disciples aimless like lost sheep. Therefore, He sent them into the world to continue the work of the ministry. They “graduated” from disciples to apostles.

The Greek meaning for the word “sent” is to go on a journey with a specific assignment. As Christians we must recognize that we are still on assignment. We are to continue the ministry of reconciliation that Jesus left for us on Earth. For some the assignment may be worldwide; for others, locally; and for some, it’s their very home and family. We must be faithful wherever He places us because “graduation” will come. You will go from one degree of grace to another as you are a good steward of what God has entrusted to your care. Dr. James C. Hash, Sr., once taught that if you strive for excellence in the little things, then God will promote you in the greater things. What an incentive!

Once the graduates leave high school or college, they are on their own. The schools will only verify that they graduated from there if contacted by a future employer. The Christian, who is fulfilling his or her assignment, has the backing of Jesus and all the heavenly host because an integral part of being “sent” is that you are not alone! He has your back! But you must be a student of the Word. Let’s go to another level in the Word of God and oh, the places you will go in the natural and in the spiritual!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for choosing us and sending us as we grow in Your Word. Equip us with Your Holy Spirit for the work that is ahead. We know that You and all of Heaven are with us, and that gives us peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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