Lord, I will follow You, but . . . —Luke 9:61
We say we are willing to follow the Lord; but we assume He wouldn’t ask us to do anything “unreasonable.” If He asks us to do something that goes against “common sense” then we assume it must not be God, but Satan trying to lead us astray. But we must get to the point that we are so sure of God’s voice that we don’t have to put it to a “reasonableness” test before we act.
If we study, the guidance of God in scripture, we find that He often asks His children to take the “path less traveled” to do something that goes against “common sense.” If we insist on filtering His guidance to us we will lose our way, while acting “within reason.”
Jesus Christ demands the same unrestrained, adventurous spirit in those who have placed their trust in Him that the natural man exhibits. If a person is ever going to do anything worthwhile, there will be times when he must risk everything by his leap in the dark. In the spiritual realm, Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold on to or believe through common sense, and leap by faith into what He says. Once you obey, you will immediately find that what He says is as solidly consistent as common sense.
By the test of common sense, Jesus Christ’s statements may seem mad, but when you test them by the trial of faith, your findings will fill your spirit with the awesome fact that they are the very words of God. Trust completely in God, and when He brings you to a new opportunity of adventure, offering it to you, see that you take it. We act like pagans in a crisis— only one out of an entire crowd is daring enough to invest his faith in the character of God. But that one is truly blessed.
. . . tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high —Luke 24:49
Why do we tarry? Come on. Admit it. We are tarrying. We know there are things we should be doing. We have marching orders and are not moving. Why do we tarry? The disciples had to tarry, staying in Jerusalem until the day of Pentecost, not only for their own preparation but because they had to wait until the Lord was actually glorified. And as soon as He was glorified, what happened? “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear” ( Acts 2:33
). The statement in John 7:39
— “. . . for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified”— does not pertain to us. The Holy Spirit has been
given; the Lord is
glorified— our waiting is not dependent on the providence of God, but on our own spiritual fitness.
So our tarrying is without excuse. Christ has commanded and equipped us. We need to make a move. Once we begin to move, once we take the first tiny step, it becomes much easier. Our faith increases with each step as we finally begin to live as His as was always intended. Remember we are not called to exist “in the Spirit” but to “walk in the Spirit.” We need to be moving.
With movement in the Spirit comes blessing.
Tarry No More and Be blessed.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? —Romans 8:35
Have you noticed how the deepest Christians shine the most in adversity. It’s as if Satan’s attempt to disrupt only emphasizes the truth that the Christian is inseparable from his Lord. It may be that Christians see more trouble because they are Christians. I feel sorry for the Christian who doesn’t have something in the circumstances of his life that he wishes were not there.
“Shall tribulation . . . ?” Tribulation is never a grand, highly welcomed event; but whatever it may be— whether exhausting, irritating, or simply causing some weakness— it is not able to “separate us from the love of Christ.” Never allow tribulations or the “cares of this world” to separate you from remembering that God loves you ( Matthew 13:22
Trouble allows His love for us to shine. Our weaknesses allow His strength to show.
We are who we are so others can see who He is.
In the wreck of our lives, we arise and are blessed.