When In Doubt, Don’t Call A Meeting
There is only one appropriate response to the revelation of Jesus Christ—obedience. Anything else is sin. Any revelation of Jesus to you by its very nature requires an action, an adjustment, a response. Any revelation of Jesus to you has a built-in call. We need not discuss Jesus’ revelations; we simply need to obey them. Consider this:
But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. John 11:46-47
In this text, the Pharisees receive (yet again) firsthand, eye-witness accounts of the miraculous work of Jesus. This time his work had been to raise Lazarus from the dead. The Pharisees should have been humbled by the accounts. God was once again giving them undeniable information about the reality of the Son of God in their midst. But humbled they were not. Instead, they called a meeting to discuss an appropriate plan of action in response to Jesus’ latest revelations.
It’s not wrong to gather with other believers to discuss the awesome work of God or to interpret his messages to the church through his Word. But once clarity has come, once it has become obvious what the Spirit is saying to the churches, obedience must be instantaneous. Never call a meeting to discuss obedience. Obey first; then if need be, you can call a meeting to discuss the implications of the fact that you have already obeyed. The Pharisees did no such thing. They called a meeting so they could plot how to counter the revelation of Jesus. That was their error: You can’t counter a revelation of Jesus; you can only obey it.
Are you doing today the last thing that God told you to do? Have you obeyed it? If not, act on it today. What are you waiting for? Obey the most recent revelation of Jesus in your life; then, if you still must call a meeting, do so only to broadcast what an awesome Savior you have.
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© 2012 Will Davis Jr. Originally Posted on June 20, 2012 by Will Davis Jr on the WDJ blog