Insights from Week One of Experiencing God by Henry & Richard Blackaby, and Claude King
- John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus made it clear to both the disciples, and to anyone listening, that He is the only way to a life of purpose, and a life that leads to salvation. He lovingly invites all, to work alongside Him in accomplishing His purposes on earth, and to follow Him wherever He goes. Many Christians are willing to follow, but they hold back, for fear of not accurately identifying the chosen path or “way.” I mean, how can they know for sure that the way they are following is the way that Christ has chosen for them?
The simple answer is – well, actually there isn’t a simple answer. When Abram was told to pack up his family and belongings and move to a new land, he wasn’t given specific instructions. He wasn’t told where exactly to move to, or how far he should go; he was told only to leave his native country and go to the land that would eventually be revealed to him as the land of blessing. Abram was put in a position where his desire to obey God meant that he had to take literal steps of faith each day, relying completely on his faith and simply trusting that he was going in the right direction.
The same test of faith was required of Moses when he was called to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, and also of Peter, Andrew, James and Matthew, when they were called to leave everything and follow Jesus. None of these men were told at the time exactly where they were being led; they were simply told to “go.”
Henry Blackaby suggests that we can become like the men and women of the Bible who, although kept in the dark about many of the details of their callings, seemed to be content with the smaller picture. They didn’t need to know what God’s ultimate plan and purpose was; they were satisfied with the limited knowledge they were given, and ready to be used as God so desired. God can use us too, but Blackaby proposes that we stop asking what God’s will is for our lives, and ask instead, “What is God’s will?” Period. It stops at God’s will. If we can learn what God is doing in and around our lives – and He is always at work around us – then we are in a position to serve Him.
One final thing to keep in mind, is that there is a vast difference between the worldly servant and the Christian servant. From a completely human perspective, where a servant is described as someone who is subject to a person of higher authority, the servant will do for his master what he has been asked to do, and he will do it by his own strength and/or ability. Conversely, a servant of God will first allow himself to be molded and shaped into a useable vessel, and then he will readily go out and serve in whatever capacity God has chosen for him. Unlike the worldly servant, a Christian servant can do nothing on his own – but he can do anything that God chooses for him to do.
- John 12:26 “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.”