Saturday, October 15, 2016

He is calling you

And Jesus stopped and said, Call him. And they called the blind man, telling him, Take courage! Get up! He is calling you. And throwing off his outer garment, he leaped up and came to Jesus. Mark 10:49-50 AMP

He is calling you. 

This is true for me and you too. Jesus is calling us, every day. Calling us to draw closer to Him. In the words of the song, Softly and Tenderly 

Softly and tenderly
Jesus is calling
Calling for you and for me
See all the portholes
He's waiting and watching
Watching for you and for me

He is calling us closer to Him so that, in His strength and grace we can be and do all that He has wants us to. We can trust Him.

Faithful is He Who is calling you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you.] 1 Thessalonians 5:24 AMP

The Message Bible simply puts it this way....

The One who called you is completely  dependable. If he said it, he'll do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24 The Message

But what about our response to His call? Is it like the blind man's response when Jesus called him ....

Throwing off his coat, he was on his feet at once and came to Jesus. Mark 10:50 The Message

The blind man's response poses a couple of questions for us ...

When Jesus calls us, are we willing to throw off our coats? That is, are we willing to let go of the things are familiar and make us feel comfortable?

When Jesus calls us, are we willing follow at once? That is, are we trusting that He is completely dependable, so we obey and go in His timing, not our?

It is easy to say yes to these questions now, in a hypothetical sense, but what about when Jesus does call you

Next time Jesus calls us to do something, let's remember the blind man and his response, and have courage to do as he did - throw off our coats, get on our feet at once and go. And remember, at that moment, God's grace is sufficient for each of us.

Because we know that this extraordinary day is just head, we pray for you all the time - pray that our God will make you fit for what he's called you to be, pray that he'll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 The Message 

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