“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19).
The declared authority of verse 18 creates an accountability for the admonitions of this present verse. The charge to “go” is the “Let’s go” cry of the church as she goes out into the world with purposed intent. This imperative command makes clear that the commission given to the church cannot be accomplished behind the standing walls of sanctuaries that would seek to cloister us within a hedge of safe keeping. Of all the misguided notions of what the church should be doing, each must be filtered through the question of whether it effectively gets us going out to be fishers of men, or is it an endeavor that holds us hostage to being keepers of the aquarium.