We all want to know people that we can count on to keep their word or to get a job done. Someone whose yes mean yes and no means no and they get back to you when they say maybe. Gravity is dependable. No matter how hard you try to jump and stay up, you will come back down. Gravity is a law that governs the earth. We can depend on gravity to do what it is supposed to do. We can depend on Jesus. His Word is always true. His Word is designed to govern our life.
We depend on a lot of things. We depend on the alarm to wake us up. We depend on schedules to run on time; airlines, buses, schools, malls, even our favorite T.V. program. What if you had to live your life on stand by? We want to know when school is out for the summer. We want to know when the stores open their doors for business. We want to know when our flight leaves. Dependability is an important characteristic to have. If you tell someone you are going to do something, Jesus wants us to keep our word. If you say you love Jesus, He wants us to act like we do. "Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus" Colossians 3:17. Whatever you are doing or saying, do it as if you are doing it for Jesus. Keep your Word.
James and John were the first disciples. Jesus saw the two brothers fishing. "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" He said. (Matthew 4:19) Right away they left their boats, their jobs and their family and followed Jesus for the rest of their lives. John saw Jesus perform many miracles. He was on the mountain when Jesus was transformed into Glory. (Matt. 17:1,2) Jesus picked John to be one of His closest friends. Jesus knew He could depend on John. When Jesus was dying on the cross, He looked down and saw His mother crying. He needed someone dependable to take care of her. Jesus knew John was that person. (John 19:25-27) What a privilege. What an honor to be called a friend of Jesus. John gave up everything to follow Jesus. John was with Jesus when He performed miracles, when He was arrested, when He was dying on the cross, and when he learned Jesus was alive again he rushed to see Him. Later, God used John to write five books of the New Testament. The Bible is the most read book ever written. What John recorded is still read thousands of years later. John made the decision to love and to serve Jesus and then stuck to it. He kept his eyes on Jesus buy listening to His teaching and doing His work
God is looking for people who will serve Him no matter what happens in their lives. He wants people who will be available to do whatever He needs them to do. Noah spent his life building a boat to save specimens of creatures for a world that was going to be destroyed by rain. He was called crazy for obeying God. Moses left the comfort of a palace to lead slaves through a wilderness into a promised land from God. He listened to the continuing complaints from the people for 40 years. David was just a kid when he killed Goliath with a slingshot. The adults around him were afraid and let a boy go to battle for them. Jesus made a choice to die on the cross for us. He could have left at anytime. He chose to put our need for a savior over His need to live. He calls us friend. (John 15:15) What a privilege. What an honor to be called a friend of Jesus.
Will you be dependable? Will you love and obey Jesus all the time, whether things in your life are good or bad? God wants us to help each other. He wants us to serve each other. He wants us to show His love by the way we treat others. (John 13:34) If we all took the time to help one another, our world would be a happier and better place See how many people you can help and if they say thank you, be sure to tell them to show their thanks by helping someone else. May you be blessed with a friend that loves more than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
Debbie Wallis is Children's Minister at Stephenville First Assembly.