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Should I stay or should I go?

Psalm 46:10

Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the Nations.

In 1982 a band by the name of The Clash released the song “Should I stay or should I go?” You tie dye t-shirt wearing, hairspray loving, 80s folks remember the song right? Sing it! “Darlin’ you got to let me know. Should I stay or should I go?”

When I read Psalm 46:10, this song starts playing in my head. And no offense, but I don’t usually like when 80’s songs play in my head…except for that “Everything I do, I do it for you” song. But even that one has limits. So what about this verse hits the 80s play button for me? Well, it’s because as I read it, the good Bible reading/remembering part of me subtly informs me that Jesus said something that feels completely opposite to the thrust of this passage. Remember, Jesus said “Go and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19).” So, in regards to God being exalted among the nations, the Psalmist says “be still,” but Jesus says “get moving.” Um…So… “Should I stay or should I go?”

It’s questions like this in the Bible that make us all long for deeper understanding about what it means to cooperate with God in His mission to reach the Nations. What are we supposed to do again? Go? Stay? How are we supposed to do it exactly? If you’d like to learn more about how to play your part in reaching the nations both locally and around the world, you might consider signing up for one of the Saturate Austin courses below. Saturate Austin is a citywide initiative that is meant to train believers to live out their calling in the church, workplace, and world.

Old Testament Survey - How God Included OT Saints in His Mission (Taught By: Danny Box)

Global Christian Movements - The Mission of God in Scripture

*This semester’s courses take place at Hill Country Bible Church Lakeline.

Find out more here.

Learning when to stay and when to go,

Josh Howlett
Community Pastor