The Last of Three Questions

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I see the Christian life summed up in three questions.  The first was asked by Christ of Peter. “Who do you say I am?”  That question is behind me now.  

The next question, Christ asked of His followers.  “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?”  is one that sears my heart.  

The third question was asked of Jesus followers as many realized the road they were traveling was not the road they wished to travel.  Many chose to leave Jesus.  Jesus asked his disciples “Will you leave me, too?”

You see, we have a choice.  Will we choose to continue to grow in Him, be like Him, devote ourselves to Him.  It’s an overwhelming commitment for many.  

Peter replied, “To whom else would I go?”  Peter, was again, right.  There is no where else to go.  The only place to go, the only thing to do, is to run to the arms of the Father, God and look for refuge and love.  His love is there in abundance, if we only open our eyes to see it.  It surrounds us - a tender, magnificent love that understands our pain and our grief.  A love that asks us to put down our anger and our fears and walk along side of Him.  He WILL direct our paths, if we let Him.

 There IS no where else to go, not for me.

 I  thought my walk with Jesus would get easier.  In fact, it has gotten harder.  I’ve heard some say it gets harder.  That each test we go through presses us closer and closer into His arms.

Yet, along with the difficulties comes tremendous growth - if we let it.  I’m slowly, ever so slowly learning this.

Yet, it’s nothing I have even come close to mastering. 

There is still pain if I breath it in and hold on to it. Yes, fear creeps in.  Yes, doubts creep in.  But I have to look back on the silent witness of my own life. Everything that was so lovingly placed around me to buffer me as much as possible from the evil that descended on our family.  The love, the joy, and yes, even the peace that settles in.  No, it’s not always there.  But it’s always available when I choose it.  

I once heard it said that if You and God are not as close as you used to be … guess who moved.

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15  

There IS no where else to go.  

Amen and Amen.  So be it.

 



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