As we go through the world,
We go to share the Word of God,
So that all may hear
And have a chance to believe.
For how can they believe
Unless they’ve a chance to hear,
And how else can they hear
Unless somebody goes?
But we are all going somewhere,
And God’s Word says to share as we go.
So as we go through the world,
We go to share the Word of God.
As we go through the world,
We go to share.
About This Song:
The message of this song is both similar to and quite different from another of my songs, “All Around the World.” But whereas the latter talks about being willing to go somewhere else to spread God’s Good News, “As We Go Through the World” emphasizes the fact that we’re all on the go. Perhaps only locally. Still, we run into spiritually needy people throughout our lives–even if God never “sends” us anywhere as such.
We have the Good News. It’s up to us to share it wherever we are.
Much of the inspiration for this song comes from what my pastor father used to say about Jesus’ Great Commission, which is found in Matthew 28:19-20:
19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)
He pointed out that in the original language, Jesus really said, “As you go…”
But this song also has a bit of Acts 1:8 mixed in:
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV)
That verse doesn’t say Christians will all go elsewhere. It doesn’t even say that when they go they’re doing it for mission purposes. It DOES say that Christians–this verse is about the very early Christians, but isn’t limited to them–will share the Good News wherever they do go. I think of “Jerusalem” as my home city (perhaps even just my neighborhood), “Judea and Samaria” as other cities or states, and, well, I guess “ends of he earth” is obvious.
And, finally, this song also contains a bit of Romans 10:14:
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (NIV)
If you’re a Christian, are you sharing God’s love wherever you are? It doesn’t have to be an elaborate or an intimidating process. As St. Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel always. If necessary, use words.”
Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.
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