Responding

Dear Fellow Disciple:

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then said I, "Here am I. Send me!" And He said, "Go..." (Isaiah 6:8,9a)

Do we understand that God did not specifically call Isaiah? God made a general call, just as He did in Matthew 22:1-14, and Isaiah responded. Many are called but few are chosen, because only a few respond. It seems that God prefers to work with a remnant. Gideon is a good example (Judges 7).

God has called us. If He hadn't we wouldn't be where we are today. He has presented us with a mission, a call to discipleship. We join those who have translated their mission into results. We have made the internal decision to rise above ourselves and to step out in total commitment to God. Until that decision was made, nothing meaningful could happen in our relationship with the Lord.

Our attention may be drawn to the obstacles, which undoubtedly lie ahead. We may fear we could disappoint God. It is natural for the giants in the promised land to try to steal our concentration. But as true disciples, we understand that fear is fantasy because it is always future.

Uncertainty about what might happen could cause us to hesitate or procrastinate or refuse altogether to take that step of faith. Obviously, that attitude results in defeat.

A commitment to discipleship carries with it God's enabling power to move on, regardless of the circumstances. This doesn't mean we become super human beings. We continue to be ordinary persons, but supernatural endowment from God sets us apart from the world. He takes our heart's desire to do a great work for Him, and molds it into an ability to complete the specific contribution He has selected for us.

Discipleship is not a piece of cake. Even Caleb had to physically take the mountain that God had promised him. He met opposition from the inhabitants, but he knew in his heart that he was a winner because he was moving on God's promise. That's what it's like to be a disciple. Opposition is always there, but so is God's victory.

Until we accept discipleship as our personal mission there can be no positive results. Discipleship demands a focus upon the person of Jesus Christ. We cannot disciple ourselves to someone whom we know only casually. We must study His values, His behavior, His words.

There is no longer any room in our personality for mediocrity or pessimism or apathy. Our commitment requires an intensification to know Him, to touch the hem of His garment, to sit at His feet. We are then in the proper position to say, "Here am I. Send me."

Then He will say, "Go..."

Jesus is King!

P.S. What are you doing of eternal value?

Question for today: Have I accepted discipleship as my personal mission?