As our ultimate goal in life is to worship our Lord by harkening to his call in service and, in so doing, serve others in love, we need to listen to his call– “Come!” My friend, lifes a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
“Mark! Come here.” I heard that a lot growing up. There were a number of different opportunities to experience the command. There were the instances when I was doing something disobedient and my Mom or Dad were on the scene. “Mark! Come here!” My first thought at that moment was usually one of disappearing or hiding. I often thought if I could make myself invisible that would be one of the three wishes I would ask for from the genie of
the lamp. Nevertheless, obedience was compelling. I went. The penalty for escape was always worse than compliance, so the dictate of obedience was strong. Then there were the times when a parent needed something and summoned my help. “Mark? Come here.” In a young man’s life the moment is always important, and breaking away from play was difficult. Yet, helping out my Mom or Dad when they needed me was second nature, as the penalty for ignoring a parental plea wasn’t really an option. I went. Finally there was the “Mark? Come here?” Something was wrong and my Mom or Dad was looking for my input or explanation. These were the easiest of commands because harkening might even earn a reward and seldom involved a punishment. Again, I went.
Scriptures tell us that God is intent on drawing us near, coming unto him. In Matthew 11:28 we read. “Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” What is the nature of the asking here? Is it merely a matter of promise, or is it a strong drawing unto that is as compelling as a parents bidding?
Here’s a story. Arabian horses go through rigorous training in the deserts of the Middle East. The trainers require absolute obedience from the horses, and test them to see if they are completely trained. The final test is almost beyond the endurance of any living thing. The trainers force the horses to do without water for many days. Then he turns them loose and of course they start running toward the water, but just as they get to the edge, ready to plunge in and drink, the trainer blows his whistle. The horses who have been completely trained and who have learned perfect obedience, stop. They turn around and come pacing back to the trainer. They stand there quivering, wanting water, but they wait in perfect obedience. When the trainer is sure that he has their obedience he gives them a signal to go back to drink. Now this may be severe but when you are on the trackless desert of Arabia and your life is entrusted to a horse, you had better have a trained obedient horse. We must accept God's training and obey Him. (Source Unknown.)
When that Arabian horse trainer uttered the word, “Come,” he was seeking one thing: accord. When my parents similarly sought me the desired outcomes was no different. The seeker, whether parent or trainer, desired a union between wills, their’s and those being sought. In the case of my parents it was me. Union afforded protection, guidance, understanding and, yes, obedience. Obedience ultimately revealed a blessing. For the horses it was water; for me, the freedom to resume play and, at times, a reward for obeying. As our ultimate goal in life is to worship our Lord by harkening to his call in service and, in so doing, serve others in love, we need to listen to his call– “Come!” In so doing we will be joined in Christ, resistant to sin and able to conform to his will. Do it as those horses without regard for self, and as a child called by a parent. The blessings are waiting you and I; all we need to do is heed the call to come.
We pray. Thank you Lord for calling us by your Holy Spirit in grace to join us in Christ, thereby experiencing your will for all believers. Forgive us Father when we ignore your invitation, overcome by our own passions to seek the things of this world that refresh but can’t bring us the joy of living in the will of Christ. Help us Father to both listen and heed the call to obey. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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