Tuesday

Scripture Reading:
John 15:16; Jer. 18:1-2a

“The word which came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, Arise and go down to the potter's house.”(Jeremiah 18:1-2a)
arise, and go

We may think that these words are meant for Jeremiah in the Old Testament, not for us in the New Testament, and that we are not special servants like he was. However, we must never forget that the word of God is living, eternal and operative, and the One who chose us is God (John 15:16). We are children of God as well as His servants on this earth, consequently, every word of God is meant for us. We read in Jeremiah 18:1:"the word which came to Jeremiah from Jehovah." As long as we have a heart with a pure motive, the Lord's word will come to each one of us and we can say with boldness,"The word of Jehovah that came to Jeremiah, to Joe, to Ian, to Jessica, to Sara, etc." In order for us to be faithful and useful servants in the hands of the One who owns us, each of us must want the Lord's word to come to us.

What did the Lord say to Jeremiah? He said, "Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will let you hear My words." This is the same as saying,"Rise up! Wake up!," indicating that, on our part, we must be willing to actively follow the Lord. We must come out of our passive, inactive and indifferent attitude. To be passive is easy and comfortable; we only need to cross our arms and wait forever for things to happen. However, it is more difficult to rise up because it demands action. What can activate and motivate us and make us willing? A goal will activate and motivate us. The more precious our goal is, the more we will want to reach it. For example, if your goal is to be an excellent employee in the biggest company, you must give yourself for that. Because you want to be the best professional you have to study at the best school, and this implies making an effort.

In the spiritual life our being willing is extremely important. Our goal is to gain Christ Himself with all His unsearchable riches. In order to reach the highest goal in the universe, do we not need to pay the necessary price? May the Lord have mercy on us and open our spiritual eyes more to see His lovable Person. The more we behold the Lord, the more we will be attracted by Him and will want to follow Him closely. There is a hymn that describes the desire of a young person who is consecrating himself to the Lord:

Lord, I want to follow You,

So I give my life to You.

I give You the best, the richest,

The most charming, desirable and precious:

Lord, I give my youth to You,

To follow You…

To follow You…

Key Point:
Follow
Question:
What price is the Lord asking you to pay to go on with Him another step?