Sunday Morning Musings:
‘From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.
“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:66-69)
Do you ever doubt or wonder if you’re called of Christ?…
This simple little test may help you: Try to return to your old life and see what happens.
I don’t mean dabble your toes in the waters of your old life, I mean try to return fully and find contentment there once again. Like Peter, I suspect you will find the prospect no longer possible.
Peter is known to us as the Apostle who too often spoke without thinking. But this is one time I believe he thought carefully before answering. And his answer is our answer. Having found Truth, we know there simply is no place else to go. I am compelled to follow the Lord, enthralled by the eternal Light that emanates from His Being.
Like the two newly-calved cows in I Samuel 6: 10-12. They did the Lords will, though it was against their nature to leave their new born calves, lowing as they complied. Like those two cows, we may complain when we don’t understand Gods mysterious ways for us, but we are compelled and we follow Him even when we find it hard in our old natures.
But if like Orpah, in the Book of Ruth, who’s heart for standing with Naomi grew faint and turned back to be with her own people, well, then. That’s an answer, also.
Or as Gamaliel advised in Acts 5: 38-39: “So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.”…
Our will, being emancipated by the Light of Life, has found a new direction. Our intellect has a new power-of-reason that guarantees full co-operation of the will to follow that Light. The essence of the whole person: Intellect – emotion – will; all working in tandem toward the same goal – the Light of the Savior.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
The old has gone, the new has come!” (II Corinthians 5:17-18 NIV)
Isn’t being a new creation amazing? Isn’t life – new life – marvelous?