Links Daily Devotional

Links Daily Devotional editor Jeff Hopper concludes a discussion with Links Players president Jeffrey Cranford about thinking in the direction of our calling.

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Backward Thinking, Part 8

“Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5b, NIV)

With the relentless advancement of golf technology, it’s a comment you don’t hear so much anymore. It arises in on-course conversation when a playing companion hits a shot up onto the green near the hole.

You call out, “Nice shot!”

And here’s the noted response: “My trusty old 4-iron comes through again!”

We don’t know for sure where God will take us. But what we do know is who will accompany us as we go: Christ the Lord.Given the forward march of equipment, with innovations in materials and design, avid golfers simply don’t hang on to trusty old clubs anymore. They would give up too much ground to their buddies. But for the sake of some (approved) nostalgia, think back for a moment to when you had a club you thought you could never give up. Why? Because you simply wouldn’t have been the same golfer without it!

Now that we’ve had our bit of fun at our own expense, laughing at our crazy lack of foresight, let’s take a serious turn, because there is every reason to recognize that when it comes to getting the spiritual job done, so to speak, it’s not going to happen without Jesus. This whole series has been focused on how we lose track of that critical fact, forsaking what’s promised for the allure of what’s past.

When we are willing to step out in faith and into our calling, we are making a move into the unseen realm. That is, we don’t know for sure where God will take us. But what we do know is who will accompany us as we go: Christ the Lord.

This leaves us with a choice. We can cling to familiarity in terms of conditions and circumstances and essentially go nowhere. Or we can cling to the One who openly taught his disciples that there was no point in going at all—indeed, they would accomplish nothing—unless they went with Jesus. We may look at an endeavor and call it daring; he looks at us and says, “Do you not see that I am unfaltering? I’ve got this. Now come with me!

The remedy for nostalgia is forward motion in the pursuit of our heavenly calling. And the formula for that pursuit is simple. Don’t go it alone. Don’t go it in a Christless mass. Go it only if Jesus is by your side. He is the one who will turn your work fruitful a hundred times over.

Jeff Hopper
December 4, 2015
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