by Susan Sampson
The Lord charged Paul, then Timothy and now He is charging each one of us. There are just 2 weeks remaining in this study. We are being given an opportunity from the Lord to take the time and think through everything we have been taught. We do not want to “turn away from listening to the truth and wander off”. The Lord has chosen us and appointed us as His ambassadors for Christ. We have a charge to keep. Our first charge is to the Lord. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deut. 6:5). And our second charge is to our husbands if we are married. “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord” (Eph. 5:22). And Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mat. 22:39).
Do you hear the call? Oh Father, please give us ears to hear your voice speaking to our hearts! What is holding you back? Where have you wandered? I confess to you all that I wander into the valley of fear often and get entangled so easily. Praise God for our tender and loving shepherd, His rod and staff comfort us. The Great Shepherd is calling us back to Himself. The King is telling us to come home. “COME TO ME, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Mat. 11:28-30).
And “My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone'”(Song of Solomon 2:10-11).
The King has paid the ultimate penalty of death for the offenses against Himself! Is there any greater love? Our sin has been abolished, washed clean by the blood of Christ. We have been chosen to be His daughters, set free to serve Him as His ambassadors. He has lifted us out of the pit of destruction, brought us out of the valley of fear and set our feet upon the Rock. We are His treasured possession! We live in the kingdom of God here and now! We are not to live in the dungeon any more! Our Father has a place for us at His table. He prepares His table for us in the presence of our enemies.
NOW we must be ready in season and out of season to speak for our King and to serve our King. Lord, please lead us by your kindness to repentance. Instead of wandering and turning away from listening to the truth, help us turn in repentance back in FAITH by grace to you! Even though we are at your table, our hearts are still hard. You have given us your word as food for our souls. And yet we turn away from your table and go after so many cheap substitutes. Help us to take your word and eat it and digest it that it may nourish our souls and transform our hearts so that we are more like Christ.
How are we going to spend our time? The enemy is tempting us. Our flesh is weak. Our Christmas list is tempting us to go to the mall. The phone is ringing. The laundry is piling up. Homework is never ending. What are we going to do? Remember, “for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4b).
“As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Tim. 4:5).
- Be sober-minded. Don’t give in to fear and your feelings. Take every thought captive. Take the truth to heart & submit to God’s word.
- Endure suffering. Put our flesh to death remembering the gospel that Christ died because of our sin and for our sin!
- Do the work of an evangelist. Be in the world, but not of the world.
- Fulfill your ministry. Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Fight the fight of faith!
The charge really is worth everything we’ve got. Let us confess our fear and unbelief and receive His blessed forgiveness to walk forward by faith in grace! “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Mat. 6:33).
We all need Jesus. We must keep our eyes on Jesus. In him all things hold together (Col. 1:17). We cannot hold our lives together. I act like I can, but that is absolutely not true!! But Jesus can. He wants to. He will. He is the Sovereign Lord. This means He is in total control of all things at all times. He is good and His love endures forever! He is working ALL things together for our good and for His glory!
SO today, step by step, moment by moment, decision by decision, looking to Christ, let us go forward by FAITH and “run with endurance the race that is set before us”! (Heb. 12:1). To God be the glory, great things He has done and is doing!