“I took my car to Mike’s yesterday afternoon to have the oil changed,” Stan began.
“How’s Mike?” I asked.
“Good,” Stan replied. “Same as ever. Still loving country music.”
Continuing, he said, “Just before Mike told me he was finished with the car, I was kind of listening to a song that was playing on Mike’s radio. It was something about a woman telling a man that she just wanted to be left alone, asking him which part of ‘No’ he didn’t understand.”
“I know nothing about country music,” I responded, “so I will leave that to you.”
“After I got my car and was heading home,” Stan continued, “I kept thinking about that song and how it related to my walk with God.”
“Did you come to any conclusions?” I asked.
“I did,” Stan responded. “At least two. First, when God says ‘No’,” I am to accept that He means what He says. Too often I will look for the fine print to see if He didn’t really mean what He said, or if there is a way for me to get around what He said. God does not want to have to ask me, ‘Which part of ‘No’ did you not understand?’.”
“Secondly,” Stan continued, “with a play on words, I think God wants me to clearly keep in mind the word “Go,” as in going into the whole world to make disciples.”
“What a sad day it will be if I hear God say, ‘I told you to go, and I did not give you permission to stay. Which part did you not understand?’”
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 14:15.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations. Matthew 28:20.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you make it clear what you do and do not want. I confess that way too often I ignore what you say because I want to do what I want to do apart from you. I ask for your forgiveness. And I ask for your help in what I do and in what I don’t do. I want only to live a life of obedience. I know you want the same thing for me. I give you all of me for your molding, shaping, and transforming so that an obedient servant is what comes off of your potter’s wheel. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.