A Christian’s heavenly journey with his feet on the ground. Treasures shared that are discovered along the way.
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Will You Go All the Way With Me?

I received a phone call the other day; personal family news that had the potential to send me into anxiety. As I was mulling this over, I felt these words come in a way that I just knew it was from God, “Will you go all the way with me?”

Now my first reaction was to think, “Strange! Why say that at this time? What’s the connection?” But my second reaction was, “Well, yes of course Lord!” I then thought it over. There were implications in this. What am I being asked to do? Does it imply that I am not going all the way and if so, what’s holding me back? I worked all this through, a process that continued for days, until I got the message.

But the real point of this, what I’m getting at, is what came next! Because in my spiritual groping with Father, in desperation I asked, “What should I do Lord? What should my response be?”

Immediately I was arrested. That word “should!” There’s no place in a love relationship for that word. Imagine saying to your loved one, your wife, husband or fiance, whoever, when they ask, “Will you trust me?” and you reply “What should I do?” Jesus is not expecting us to look up a list of rules - “Oh yes, rule 17: I must trust God!” He gives us free will. He doesn’t make us follow Him. Always there is the invitation to go further, deeper and He looks for our love response. He longs for us to respond and say “Yes!” because we really want to trust Him because we love Him.

Peter eventually went ‘all the way’ with Jesus and was led in ways he certainly wouldn’t have chosen, but just look at how God worked through Him and the difference that made to the whole of Christendom! If we go all the way with Jesus, there’s no limit to the miracles that will follow! That stirs my soul!

“The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.” John 21:17-18

3 comments :

  1. Rainbow girl said...

    Good point! Often we are so busy doing, we forget about seeking Him, just for the sake of being together.

  2. Mike said...

    It is a good point that you spent days mulling these words over. Sometimes I think that when God speaks I should immediately understand what He is saying but the truth is He is not in a rush and is happy for us to mull things. Saying 'Yes' because we love is most encouraging.

    Can I say how much your blog ministers to me every time I visit. Thank you!

  3. wayfarerjon said...

    Thank you for that Mike. It's humbling and encouraging to hear you say this, because so often I write out of my own tussles and struggles and the words sometimes don't come until I 'pick up my pen.'