Thursday, December 06, 2007

I was visiting Rome, and I encountered this
archway along the Via Appia. It's one of
the many such structures that are still there
2,000 years after they were built. But what
caught my eye about this one was the three-word
Latin question carved in the archway as an
inscription. It simply says, "Domine, quo
vadis?" At last, those two years of high school
Latin were going to be useful! It means, "Lord,
where are You going?" It goes back to a legend
about the Apostle Peter as he was feeling led by
God to go to Rome. Knowing it was going to be
dangerous, even life-threatening to go there,
Peter needed to be sure that's where God wanted
Him. The legend says that he encountered the risen
Christ there on the Via Appia, and he wanted to
know only one thing from his Lord - "Domine,
quo vadis? Lord, where are You going?" Jesus
was going to Rome. Then that's where

Peter was going!

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word
With You today about "Going Where God's Going."

The question on that Roman archway is the question
that should be governing every day in the life of
one who claims to be a follower of Jesus: "Lord,
where are You going?" That's the way He meant for
us to set our course to make our decisions.

He made that clear in our word for today from
the Word of God in John 12:26.

He simply said: "Whoever serves me must follow me;
and where I am, my servant also will be." I don't
ask Jesus to follow me, to go with me where I want
to go. I find out where my Master's going, and
that's where I go.

The central action word of the Jesus-life is
that word "follow." I got a new understanding
of what that means the day I watched my wife
follow the driver I was riding with. I had
just spoken for a pre-Billy Graham Crusade
event in Philadelphia, and they had to rush me to
a suburban church immediately afterward to speak
for a companion event there. My driver really knew
the area. My wife, who was driving our car, didn't.
He just said, "Follow me."
When he changed lanes, she changed lanes -
whether she wanted to or not. When he drove
fast, she drove fast, not at the speed she might
have liked. When he suddenly made a turn,
she made a turn. The only way she was going
to get where she was supposed to be was to
follow the man who knew the way.

And that's what it means to follow Jesus -
the Man who knows the way. A way you don't
know. If He moves, you move. If He slows down,
you slow down. If He's moving fast, you move fast.
If He changes direction, you change direction.
I figured out that following carries two requirements.
First, you have to be flexible.
Rigidity and following don't go together.
You have to be willing and ready to change or to
move as your leader does, not all rigid and stubborn
about doing it your way or the same old way.
Secondly, a follower has to be focused - you
keep your eyes on the one you're following and
you don't allow yourself to be distracted by
anyone or anything else.

For me as a follower of Jesus, that means
beginning each new day in the presence of
my leader, asking, "Lord, where are You going?"
You need to know where He's going in your
family and join Him in what He's doing, where
He wants to go in your church, your ministry,
where He's going in your work, your career, your
important relationships. Your job is to go with Him
where He's going - wherever that is, whatever
that means, whatever that costs, wherever
it takes you.

So how are you doing at following your Master?
Have you been setting your own course and then
trying to get Him to follow you? That's a good
way to get lost and to get away from Him.
Let there be one guiding light, one deciding factor
in everything you do - "Domine, quo vadis? Lord,
where are You going?" He'll take you where you
were born to go, to do the things that you
were born to do.

[ By Ron Hutchcraft

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