You were called to this kind of endurance, because Christ suffered on your behalf. He left you an example so that you might follow in his footsteps. 1 Peter 2:21
An article appeared in our local paper about the work of the Virginia Recovery Foundation and our local NSC’s involvement. It was a great article, explaining beautifully the epidemic of addiction that is hitting our city. I was interviewed and there was a sentence in the article that alluded to an answer I had given to Katie, the author, when she asked, “What have you been doing when you get a call to go to the ER and help a person who has OD’d?” Part of the answer appeared in the article going something like – Teresa has gotten calls when she was sick, watching football, running errands. This just names a few of the things I’ve been doing when I get a call. Mostly I’ve been asleep. OD’s are never convenient.
I didn’t want that in the article itself. It felt too personal and beside the point. But it is EXACTLY the point for this devotional series. If Jesus was on a rescue mission and we are following Jesus, then we too go on rescue missions. And don’t miss the point – there is not much expectation that anything “successful” comes from these missions. We go not because we are optimistic that a person who has OD’d is super excited about getting sober. We go because this is what God’s people do. And so OF COURSE we go if we’re sick or our favorite team is in the playoffs when the call comes in.
Please do not hear martyrdom in this story. Honestly, these calls are not that difficult and usually don’t take that long and when they work IT IS AWESOME! But the point is this: when we get the idea of the cross – God loved us a LOT! – we begin to understand that our part is obedience.
It is what we hear in the Old Testament, “To obey is better than sacrifice.” 1 Samuel 15:22
We’re in the third month of 2017 – we started out with this idea of “DOING” something different this year that moves us closer to our desires for an abundant life. What part has obedience played in your own journey? Are there any changes you need to make?