“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. Acts 20:22-24 (NIV)
Called And Compelled
Are you listening? Can you hear me calling you? I have called you to come near to me. I have called you to listen to me. I want you to hear my guidance. I want you to follow my direction. I have a purpose and plan for your life. I have a race for your to run. I have a task for you to complete. I want you to live your life with and for me. I am listening. I have heard your call. Here I am right now. I have stopped running around. I have withdrawn from the noise and busyness of life. I am attentively listening to everything you want to say to me. I will listen to your guidance. I will follow your direction. I do want to live my life with and for you. I want to know and do your will. I want to fulfill your purposes and complete your plans. I will run the race that you have set before me. I will complete the tasks you have given to me. That is very good.
There is something I want you to know. It may come as no surprise to you. What’s that? The road ahead will not be easy. You will face obstacles. You will need to overcome barriers. You’re right. That does not come as a big surprise to me. Why is that? The road to right here, where I am right now, has not been easy. In fact, I’m in the midst of difficulty right now. I’m weighed down. I’m burdened. I feel discouraged and depressed. Yes, I know. I will lift you up. I will encourage you. I will strengthen you. I will be your shelter in this storm. I will be your place of refuge in this trouble. Hold on to me. Yes Lord, I will. I will hold on to you. I know that to be true as well. How so? You have never let me go. You have never left me alone. You have always been with me to help me. So am I now.
There is something else I want you to know. What’s that? I will compel you. I will put a fire in you. You will want to serve me with all your heart and mind and soul and strength. You will have passion burning within you to know me and do my will. You will be on fire to follow and serve me. You will shine brightly for me. I need that passion and fire in me right now. Yes, you do.
There is one more thing I also want you to know. What’s that? You will have clarity. There will be no doubt in you about where you should go and what you should do. Why is that? I will clearly mark out the race I want you to run as you love, follow and serve me. Are you ready? Yes Lord, I am. That is very good.
Holy Spirit, I know I will face difficulty and obstacles as I go and do what the Lord has given me to do for Him. Help me to have the power and strength I will need to overcome both internal and external obstacles. Help me finish the race and complete the task. Amen
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