I feel a little bit better this week.
At least I don’t feel like a total flop as a follower.
Some of the thoughts I’m chewing on…
We can’t decide to make Him Lord because He already is.
It’s our job to submit to His lordship.
It’s not our job to personalize Jesus.
It’s His job to revolutionize us.
We can’t customize Him so we are comfortable with Him.
We can’t decide to follow Him and at the same time dilute the cost or disregard His words.
As a follower, it’s not about letting go of things we love to embrace what, “if we’re really honest, we loathe.”
It’s about letting Him embrace us and cause us to love what He loves.
We can’t play near the edge of the fire.
As His disciple, He compels us to go into all the world and make disciples.
It is the epitome of hate to not sacrifice your very life to spread this Good News among every person you know and every people group on the planet. ~p. 90
We don’t need to fret about His will for us.
We don’t need to resort to turning fleeces or seeking signs.
This is God’s will in the world: to create, call, save, and bless his people for the spread of his grace and glory among all peoples. This will is not intended to be found; it is intended to be followed. We don’t have to wonder about God’s will when we’ve been created to walk in it. We have no need to ask God to reveal his will for our lives; instead we each ask God to align our lives with the will he has already revealed. ~p. 135
To walk and talk the gospel at home, at work, at play.
Platt emphasizes that the Spirit’s filling is to empower us to speak.
He also emphasizes that when Jesus said in John 15:7, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you,” he wasn’t promising a new job or house or car or vacation.
It’s a promise, Platt says, to give us everything we need “to spread your truth from wherever I live to the ends of the earth.”
Even if I live in an old farmhouse in the country and am unable to travel to the corners of the world.
I have a computer and the Internet. My readership is miniscule in comparison to others. But in the last month, I’ve had visitors from every state and Washington, D.C., as well as from 39 other countries. Something or Someone compels me every day to sit here and type words. I sacrifice sleep and time–and yet it never seems like a sacrifice. I love it.
I’m shedding more and more “stuff” because I love it less and less in order to do more and more of what I love.
I’m not hiding in any catacombs, and my voice is out here forever now.
If persecution ever comes, I’m pretty easy to find.
And if you’re spilling words into this darkness, so are you.
So yes, I feel a little bit better this week.
I don’t feel like a total flop as a follower.
Oh, and did I mention that if you’re His follower, you’re His child, and He delights in you?
We’re discussing chapters 4-6 of David Platt’s, Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. over at The High Calling this month. My dear friend, Sheila LaGrand is leading us this week. Come on over and take a peek at how this book is affecting others.