The story of the Good Samaritan gets me every time.
It’s about a man who gets mugged, left on the side of the road broken and bleeding, and passed by his own people who are too busy to stop and help.
Enter the Good Samaritan, basically the LAST person anyone thought would lend a helping hand, but he was the one who stopped, dressed the wounds of the broken, and cared for the neglected. He didn’t just stop at feeling sorry because he knew, in the words of David Livingston,
“Sympathy is no substitute for action.”
Where other people stopped and hesitated, the Samaritan made the conscious decision to go and change this man’s world.
If you’re a part of River Valley Church, then you know we live in that same “culture of go.” Imagine what would happen if every person at our church combined their gifts, talents, abilities, and passions to achieve one thing…giving and going so that the world could come to know Jesus. That’s what it means to live in a “culture of go.” It’s what we live for, and it’s why we give to Kingdom Builders and go on Global Teams all over the world.
The concept is simple: we give so others can build the Kingdom of God through the gospel in a world steeped in darkness. We give so our missionaries can travel faster, preach clearer, and be heard louder, and so that Heaven might be a bigger place…filled with people from every nationality, color, and tribe.
We go around the world so that we can be a conduit of God’s power. In that, we realize missions has very little to do with ourselves; rather it has to do with the heart of God for lost people, watching how He reaches them, and then copying Him by doing the same.
You can live in this “culture of go” in three ways: Pray. Give. Go.
We challenge you to PRAY each week for missionaries to be equipped to reach the lost. This will create in you a heart to GIVE towards the cause of Jesus Christ . Finally, we believe that once you have prayed for a place and a people, and have given of your finances in support of it, you will have a heart to GO and be a part of a Global Team.
Letting your life take on a “culture of go” isn’t just a good suggestion, it’s a command: to “GO into all the world and make disciples of all nations.”
Not only is it a command, but it’s also permission to cast your vision, call it by name, to sail into uncharted waters and see if God won’t accomplish the impossible through you. Keep in mind, no one would have remembered the Good Samaritan if he just had good intentions. He took the opportunity to give of himself and go to a person that others walked by to see that man’s world change.
Will you do the same?