When I finished up my season of alone time with the Lord and ministry in south Florida, I felt strongly compelled to take a much longer route northbound than I could have gone. What would have taken about 8 hours ended up taking a total of about 15.5 hours! But I felt so led to go that route, and I do my best day by day to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading.
I enjoyed the drive through the countryside, I appreciated not having to drive on big scary jam-packed highways, I had plenty of time to pray for a friend and to minister to her by phone, I had loads of alone time with the Lord though I was on the tired side and not as focused as I would have liked, I gave a Gospel tract to the hotel owner when I found a place to stay overnight, I felt strongly led to give a bunch of my Gospel tracts to a waitress sitting outside a waffle restaurant, and I can’t help but think of how agitated I got at a gas station unable to figure out how to use the different-than-I’m-used-to pumps. When I turned to a young woman to ask for help, I felt led to give her a tract. Then I asked if the woman sleeping next to her in the passenger seat was okay. The young woman told me her friend was high on drugs and readily took a second tract saying the woman on drugs could really use it.
Why do I tell you this? I believe with all my heart God had a purpose leading me to take that much longer drive. And if the entire purpose was for that one woman high on drugs in dire need of Christ, and her friend, or for any other reason whatsoever, it would have been well worth the drive. It would have been worth going the distance. In obedience to Christ! But I wonder, how many of us don’t want to “go the distance” when the Lord leads us down a much longer pathway then we would prefer? How many us resist? How many us go but complain? How many of us refuse to go the distance at all as we hang on for dear life to our flesh and live to please self rather than hold on for dear life to God and His ways and His will for us?
Friend, no sacrifice we could ever make in going a long distance can ever compare to the distance the Lord Jesus Christ went in going to the cross to die to pay our sin penalty and to be raised from the dead. So all who turn from our sins, believe in Him as Lord and in His death and resurrection, genuinely turning our lives to God and His ways, are forgiven, promised forever life with God, and are indwelt by God’s Holy Spirit.
Who are we to resist going the distance when it is the will of God? No matter His purpose, whether it be one or many, whether we understand His purpose or not, whether we feel like going the extra miles or not, let us humble ourselves, let us look to the Lord and to the strength of His Holy Spirit, and let us go the distance for Christ and for others. For the glory of Christ, AMEN!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1