Sunday, November 13, 2011

Where you Go I'll Go!

Matthew 10:11-20  "When you go into a city or village, look for people who will listen to you there. Stay with them until you leave that place.  (12)  When you go into a house, greet the family.  (13)  If it is a family that listens to you, allow your greeting to stand. But if it is not receptive, take back your greeting.  (14)  If anyone doesn't welcome you or listen to what you say, leave that house or city, and shake its dust off your feet.  (15)  I can guarantee this truth: Judgment day will be better for Sodom and Gomorrah than for that city.  (16)  "I'm sending you out like sheep among wolves. So be as cunning as snakes but as innocent as doves.  (17)  Watch out for people who will hand you over to the Jewish courts and whip you in their synagogues.  (18)  Because of me you will even be brought in front of governors and kings to testify to them and to everyone in the world.  (19)  When they hand you over to the authorities, don't worry about what to say or how to say it. When the time comes, you will be given what to say.  (20)  Indeed, you're not the ones who will be speaking. The Spirit of your Father will be speaking through you.

Back in July , I had the privilege of taking a short term missions trip to Guyana, South America. It was so great to see my family in the Lord again. They are some wonderful people and love the Lord greatly.  There seemed to be a theme song for my trip.  It was the song " I will Follow" by Chris Tomlin.  It talks about following the Lord and going where He says go. Below are the Lyrics.

Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow...

All your ways are good
All your ways are sure
I will trust in you alone
Higher than my side
High above my life
I will trust in you alone

Where you go, I'll go
Where you stay, I'll stay
When you move, I'll move
I will follow you
Who you love, I'll love
How you serve I'll serve
If this life I lose, I will follow you
I will follow you

Light unto the world
Light unto my life
I will live for you alone
You're the one I seek
Knowing I will find
All I need in you alone, in you alone

In you there's life everlasting
In you there's freedom for my soul
In you there joy, unending joy
and I will follow

Obeying the Lord is much greater than a sacrfice on a bloody altar.  One time I preached a sermon about following the foot steps of Christ. I cut out foot prints and put them all around the sanctuary. When people came to church that morning they saw foot steps leading to the bath room. They saw footsteps leading to the children's church room. They saw foot steps all around the sanctuary.  I used some people from the congregation to demonstrate stepping on the same foot prints of Christ. It was a testimony of how our life should be before the Lord. Regardless of our situations, regardless of the hurts and pain, we will follow the Lord. There will be times where we will walk and step, and there will be times where our Lord carries us.

Jesus sent the disciples out to minister His message. He warned them that the task would not be easy. Some will listen and receive. Some will curse and hate the message. Others will try to bring His followers before judical leaders and tell all kind of lies. No matter what, follow the Lord. No matter what, keep stepping in the same foot steps of Jesus.

What about your present state? Are you going where He says go? Now following Christ means following everything about Him. It means allowing his Character to be your character. It means following His truth no matter what. In today's world the truth of Christ is being distorted by lustful and sinful men and women. People who desire to widen the gate of Christ. You and I must still hang on to the TRUTH. No matter what! We must show the world what Jesus really stands for and what he really is against. We must demonstrate his truth through HIS LOVE and HIS HOLY ANGER. We must be humbled, and we must be willing to lay everything down for His glory.  Where He goes, I will God. Where He stays, I will stay. When He moves, I will move. Oh the beauty of following our Savior!!!!

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