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Apprehended . . . and Reaching Out
Sep. 12, 2014
"We are not here to work for God because we have chosen to do so, but because God has apprehended us." Any chance you feel "apprehended" as you begin this Mom to Mom year? |
These words of Oswald Chambers (from My Utmost for His Highest, June 28) came to me as I was preparing to speak at a leadership training for Titus 2 leaders. I discovered that Chambers based his comment on Philippians 3:12, which, in the old KJV, speaks of being "apprehended of [by] Jesus Christ." The NKJV talks about being "laid hold of."
Isn't that what Jesus does when He calls us to lead and love others? He "apprehends" us, "lays hold" of us. We are in His grip—and when He calls us to a place, there's no other place in the world you really want to be.
But what are we apprehended for? The Message paraphrase describes us "reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for us." Isn't that what we're called to? To "reach out" to others to point them to the One Who "so wondrously reach[es] out for us"?
How do we do this? The phrase "we reached out to…" is overused in today's media, but one little verse tucked away in the Old Testament book of 1 Samuel amazes me in its relevance to our calling as Titus 2 leaders. In 1 Samuel 23:16 we read: "And Saul's son Jonathan went to David in Horesh and helped him find strength in God." The context is David's desperate flight from the murderous rage of Jonathan's increasingly insane father, King Saul. It's an ancient story. But three things jump out of this verse that apply directly to Mom to Mom:
In His grip,
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