I have such a sense that 2005 is year we choose to respond to call of Jesus Christ to move on to new and greater things. It is a choice we all have to make. Yes or no. No maybe or in between.
The Spirit of Living God is calling men and women to follow Jesus to a higher place. Jesus himself is calling you…. Are you going to follow Him or are you going to think up some valid sounding reason why you can’t this year…
We will discuss:
The call of Jesus to follow up mountain What to expect going up mountain. What awaits you at top of mountain.
1. THE CALL Mark 3: 13: ”And He went up on mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.”
What an amazing scripture. There are a few main points in this that struck me.
Where was Jesus going? Jesus was going up a mountain. He was moving in a specific direction. He was leading. He had a purpose in mind that would change history.
‘He called to Him’ Jesus is calling us to Himself. To come with Him on this journey up mountain. To follow Him for who He is. Jesus is today calling you. He is saying following:
“Come Son / Daughter, come to me – walk close with me and I will lead you up this mountain. There will be difficulty and challenges but I am calling you to come close to me. In being close to me I can show you view from top, I can release you to achieve more than you ever dreamt of for me.”
I can almost picture Him ahead, looking back at you with His hand held out saying – come.
'Those He Himself wanted’ Jesus wants you. He really really wants you. Today as you hear this word, your heart is tugging because THAT is Jesus calling you BECAUSE He Himself WANTS you. He has chosen you because He loves who you are and wants you to be part of His journey up mountain – to top. He wants your company. Your past does not matter, what matters is your choice today to say: Yes Jesus, I will come to You!
2. GOING UP THE MOUNTAIN Okay… so now you want to follow Him up this mountain. What does climbing up this mountain entail:
Commitment: You cannot decide to climb a mountain without some cost involved. Your commitment will determine if you achieve top or not. Are you going to push thru even when you have lost sight of top, even when all your buddies or family tell you that you are stupid, even when you can’t seem to see Jesus. Do you give up when going gets tough? Or are you committed to follow call of Jesus no matter what?