Coming to the Lord for salvation is just the beginning. We must then be willing to go out for Him, obeying His will to reach others with His love and mercies. Through His Word, prayer, and fellowship with other believers, He will guide us in so doing. Blessings as you come and go for Him.
Eternal Perspectives By Sally Bair
Comings and Goings
The squirrels and chipmunks are everywhere, it seems. They hurry and scurry from one backyard tree to another. They run across the patio and climb the bird feeders to steal food from them. It’s fun to watch their endless comings and goings.
Watching the critters, I’m reminded of my own comings and goings. Some days it seems that’s all I do—come and go, with nothing of value to show for my hurry-scurry.
Jesus, on the other hand, had a special coming, to earth, and a special going, to the cross. Since we believers are to follow His example, our comings and goings should have value as His did.
Jesus invites every one of us to come to Him—for healing, deliverance, and salvation. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
The best way we can come to Him for rest and sustenance is through daily, intentional, committed prayer and Bible reading. Once we come to Christ, we are told to go for Him. In fact, He commands us to “follow” Him. That going means we must be willing to go to the cross—that is, humble ourselves as He did, and deny ourselves so we will be holy, sacrificial servants of His love. Jesus means that we should make our love, devotion and service to Him our highest priority, even to the point of being willing to give up our physical lives for His sake. Followers of Him throughout the world have died and are still dying for their faith in Christ. Can we be willing to do less for His sake?
Jesus said, “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26)
Lord, forgive us for our frantic comings and goings. Give us the will and strength to take up Your cross and follow Your will, not our own. Help us remember to spend special time with You daily. In Jesus’ name, amen.