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THE DEEPEST CALL ON EARTH
Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Ron Susek

       How deeply has Jesus' call "Follow me" penetrated your heart?  Consider that question as you read today's edition of FaithWalk: Courage for the Journey

                                                 

The Deepest Call on Earth
by Ron Susek
@ Golden Quill Publications

. . . follow me.
(Matthew 16:24)


       Every call requires commitment to receive its benefits.  For instance, the stirring call of the wild requires entering its realm to be refreshed by its intoxicating impact upon our senses. It can powerfully replace tensions with renewal of soul. 
 
       No call penetrates more deeply than Jesus' words, "Follow me."  Just as one must depart city noise and smog to gain refreshment in the wilds, so one must forfeit the bondage of self-governorship to walk in the liberty of Jesus.  To answer Jesus' call is to experience heaven's transformative power.  He said, "Follow me, and I will make you . . .."


       Every call requires commitment to receive its benefits.  For instance, the stirring call of the wild requires entering its realm to be refreshed by its intoxicating impact upon our senses. It can powerfully replace tensions with renewal of soul. 
 
       No call penetrates more deeply than Jesus' words, "Follow me."  Just as one must depart city noise and smog to gain refreshment in the wilds, so one must forfeit the bondage of self-governorship to walk in the liberty of Jesus.  To answer Jesus' call is to experience heaven's transformative power.  He said, "Follow me, and I will make you . . .."

       Think of all that He makes you to be.

 

  • He makes you a fisherman of men and women.
  • He makes you an eternal child of God.
  • He makes you holy and fit to stand before God.
  • He makes you an equal-heir to His throne.
  • He makes you free to enter His Father's throne room to pray.

       
       This is only a sampling of what He makes you to be when you choose to follow Him.
 
       Guard against craving what you want of Him rather than what He wants from you.  Otherwise, you will suffer from frustrated expectations.
 
       Even Christian workers can fall into this trap.  Think of the dejection of the rich young ruler in Luke 18:18-30.  Jesus told him to sell all that he had and give it to the poor.  He may have wondered why Jesus would not tell him how to use his wealth to finance a big ministry.  Instead, Jesus told him to give it away.  His Father did not need his wealth to accomplish His purpose.     
 
       How many good sounding plans need to be scrapped because they did not come from following Jesus?  Will we, like the rich young ruler, walk away dejected?  Or will we become rich toward God by obeying Jesus' commands and following Him? 

       The Apostle Paul faced this very question.  He was sitting in prison with a few clothes and a hard bed. Undaunted by circumstances, he wrote "and my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19).    
 
       In other words, everything you need to follow Jesus and fulfill the will of God will be supplied.  If you refuse to listen to the self-seeking voices hiding deep within and wholeheartedly follow with what you have, then the Lord Himself will direct you in all your ways. 
 
       And you will enjoy the fullness of His fellowship each step of the way.   
 
Always remember, Immanuel: God is with you!
Your friend,
Ron


                                           

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