There are religions in the world that compel a woman to travel hundreds of miles to kiss a statue, a man to walk across a wilderness to bathe in a sacred river, men and women alike to crawl on their hands and knees. Every Muslim who is able must visit Mecca once before they die. It is required.
There are no compulsory pilgrimages in Christianity, no far-flung hoops to jump through. The pilgrimage has been made; God incarnated in man. He comes to us in Spirit.
Every religion beside the true one bids travel for power. In Christianity, power travels to us.
The kingdom is not "out there." It is "in here."
The temple is not "there." It's "here."
Christ tabernacles with us.
The gospel that goes into the world and grows and bears fruit goes into the world when we do.
Because every real Christian has the true gospel, every real Christian is at salvation equipped for mission work.
Have gospel, will travel. Christ goes where we go.
From poet Gerard Manley Hopkins's "As Kingfishers Catch Fire":
I say more: the just man justices;Christ plays in ten thousand places! Yes!
Keeps grace: that keeps all his goings graces;
Acts in God's eye what in God's eye he is--
Christ. For Christ plays in ten thousand places,
Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his
To the Father through the features of men's faces.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."
-- Isaiah 52:7