147. Who God Brings

Note from The Storyteller:  If you have not read entries 1-146, do so.  There is much insight that will help you as you walk toward spiritual maturity.  All of the entries can be found at the following website:  https://www.waiting4thetrain.com/.  Also, please forward this email to everyone you think would be interested in and would benefit from reading this blog.

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“Over time,” Stan began, “we have talked a bit about discipling and discipleship.”

Continuing, he then said, “It is a subject that has a lot of moving parts and a lot of different aspects.  Let’s talk about another one of those aspects.”

“Fire away, Stan,” I said.

“Think back to that first day we met,” Stan responded.

“I do often,” I said.  It was a significant day for me.”

“Me, too!” Stan exclaimed.

“Why was it significant for you?” I asked.

“It was another opportunity to be obedient,” was Stan’s response.

Continuing, he said, “It is not up to me who God brings before me for His purposes, but how I respond certainly is my responsibility.”

“When the ticket man introduced you to me, I had never seen you before, but I sensed you were brought to me for God’s purpose, not mine.”

“And,” he continued, “that sense came from the Holy Spirit.  It is my role to be open to His leading and to be obedient in following that leading.”

“I do not want to ever have to try to explain to God why I ignored someone He brought before me.  There can be no suitable explanation for that.”

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Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.  Matthew 25:40.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for all you bring before me to bless in your name and for your sake.  Please help me to always respond to who you bring in exact accord with your will.  Help me to resist and overcome my natural tendency to focus only on what I want to do, rather than what you have for me to do.  Bring me all you want and help me to respond in the way you want.  Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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