Answering the Call
In our last message, we saw a time when the Holy Spirit reveals the full meaning of conformity to Christ. This is a time when the Lord asks you the same thing he asked His disciples: “Are you willing to drink the cup that I drink and to be baptized with the baptism I am to be baptized with?” (Mark 10:35-38).
Of course when he asked his disciples that same question they said, “Oh yeah! We will never forsake you” (Mark 10:39; 14:31). But when the reality of what was going to happen to them came “they all left Him and fled” (Mark 14:48-51).
This call is completely unexpected to many. Most figure they have already experienced that cross. What more could possibly be needed? Job is the same. He has seen the forgiveness of sins, freedom from the influence of the world and corruption of self.
I am sure many of us are aware that there is a peculiar suffering attached to the cross, but we certainly are not aware of its real depth and breadth. We may have known in the past the application of the cross to our inward life, but are totally in the dark as to how the cross would mold and shape our whole being.
Paul said that we are always carrying about in our flesh the dying of Jesus. We are constantly being delivered over to death. We experience this so that the life of Jesus can be manifested in our mortal flesh.
In failing to comprehend the depth of His call on her life, the maiden in the Song says that she has already experienced the cross in her outward life. She has already seen the effect of the cross in delivering her from the appeal of the world and the corruption of self. It’s almost as if she was saying, “Isn’t it enough to have had such a deep experience with the cross that my old nature and way of life has been completely put off?” (Song 5:3; Colossians 3:9-10; Ephephians. 4:22-24).
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