A delightful story is told about a young man who applied for a job as a telegraph operator. He answered an ad in the newspaper and went to the telegraph office to await an interview. Though he knew Morse Code and was qualified in every other way, six other applicants were also waiting in the large, noisy office.
He saw customers coming and going and heard a telegraph clacking away in the background. He also noticed a sign on the receptionist's counter instructing applicants to fill out a form and wait to be summoned to an inner office for an interview. He filled out the form and sat down to wait.
After a few minutes, the young man stood up, crossed the room to the door of the inner office, and walked right in. Naturally the other applicants perked up, wondering why he had been so bold. They talked among themselves and finally determined that, since nobody had been summoned to interview yet, the man would likely be reprimanded for not following instructions and possibly disqualified for the job.
Within a few minutes, however, the young man emerged from the inner office escorted by the interviewer, who announced to the other applicants, “Thank you all very much for coming, but the job has just been filled.”
They were all confused and one man spoke up: “Wait a minute- I don’t understand. We have been waiting longer than he and we never even got a chance to be interviewed.” The employer responded, “All the time you've been sitting here, the telegraph has been ticking out the following message: ‘If you understand this, then come right in. The job is yours.’”
This man knew a valuable life-lesson that most people miss:
You are there physically, but not there spiritually.
Your soul (mind-will-emotions) the part of you that contacts the world and is controlled by satan rules your life.
Your Spirit (Conscience-Intuition-Fellowship) the part of you that contacts God is not completely present.
The young man is this story was in the Spirit however the other applicants were in the flesh (soul) thus they disqualified themselves for the position. Many are called but few are chosen; only those that understand the Message get the JOB!
slave girl. Figuring he was going to buy her and abuse her, Lincoln
paid the price to set her free. 'Does this mean I can say whatever I
want to say?' she asked. Lincoln replied, 'Yes.' Again she asked, 'Does
this mean I can go wherever I want to go?' Again Lincoln responded,
'Yes, you're free!' With tears streaming down her face she replied,
'Then, sir, I will go with you.' That's grace!
I think we can all relate and learn from this short story. Great lesson!
May we live in God's grace ♥ in true commitment and obedience! God bless...
If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. Luke 9:23
To take up the cross meant to carry one's own cross to the place of crucifixion. With this word picture, Christ presented a clear and challenging description of the Christian life. Being his disciple means putting aside selfish desires, shouldering one's "cross" every day, and following him. It is simple and yet so demanding.
For the original Twelve, this meant literal suffering and death. For believers today, it means understanding that we belong to him and that we live to serve his purposes.
But it also involves laying hold of the life that is life indeed! It means finding, at last, the reason for our existence. And it means eternal reward. We instinctively recoil from a life of cross-bearing. Our minds are reluctant to believe that this could be God's will for us. The words of Christ “If anyone desires to come after Me” mean that nobody is excused, and nobody is excepted.
To deny self means willingly to renounce any so-called right to plan or choose, and to recognize His lordship in every area of life. To take up the cross means to deliberately choose the kind of life He lived.
To follow Jesus means recognizing that belief is only the beginning of discipleship. Following Jesus doesn’t mean walking behind him, but taking the same road of self-denial and self-sacrifice. Because Jesus walks ahead, he provides an example and stands with his followers as encourager, guide, and friend.
Jesus describes what all true disciples must be ready for: if they follow him, they must be ready to face literal scorn on the road to eventual martyrdom, for they must follow to the cross. From the moment of faith believers must count their lives forfeit for the kingdom.
Do you think of your relationship with God primarily in terms of what's in it for you or in terms of what you can do for him? Are you willing to deny yourself, take up your cross daily, and follow him? Anything less is not discipleship; it is merely superficial lip service.
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