We are in a series about the Early Church and the symbols that they used not only to mark their territory but also to remind each other what they were about. These symbols also remind us what we are about today. The symbol today is sandals. Sandals were the sneaker of the ancient world. They really did not bother making a full fledged shoe until much later. The image of the sandal would be much like seeing the image of a pair of boots today was one of waking, traveling, moving, etc. This became one of the staples for our faith and should be one of the staples today.
Going is the image that we were meant to be left with. The earlier understood that for the movement to spread, it had to actually move. This is something that most organizations that have survived for long periods of time have understood. A movement cannot last for long if there is no plan to move forward and spread word of what is happening. This movement creates the momentum the group needs to grow. Although a movement based on changing the world is guaranteed to meet opposition, but when change towards good is in the air, the word must get out and people will be drawn towards that good change. Without the movement outward, the movement dies.
Calling is an even bigger aspect of why we spread this good news of Christ as King. Before Jesus ascended he called us to spread out and call others to spread the good news. In Matthew 28, Jesus told his first followers,
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Jesus called us to share the Good News to everyone. The good news is that He is King and that He wants everyone to share in His kingdom. He is always with us as we go into the world. This is not simply a call to share this good news, but to do it fearlessly.
We are on mission because he has called us. This is not something that the early church took lightly and neither should we. It is the challenging part of what we should be doing. If you believe like the Early Church that this King is worth following, we need to follow Him into this mission. The question is will we? Will we continue forward and spread our message like God called us to.