The Wheelbarrow

Yesterday, Tony Nolan came to our church and told a very powerful story. He told of man who tight roped across Niagara  Falls  using a wheelbarrow. No one could believe that he could do it – yet he did it twice. After the second time, he screamed to  the  crowd “do you believe I can do it again?” They chanted: yes, yes, yes – over and over again. Then he said something that  amazed  everyone – “if you believe I can do it again, get in the wheelbarrow!” No one wanted to get in the wheelbarrow.
He then took us to these verses, ““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who  does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name,  and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew  you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ – Matthew 7:20-23 (ESV)
Do we just chant yes, yes, yes, we believe – yet refuse to get in the wheel barrow and allow Him to be Lord of our  lives?

Are we one who just wants to turn in an application but refuse a commitment?

Today’s My Utmost For His Highest
He calls his own . . . by name . . . —John 10:3

When I have sadly misunderstood Him? (see John 20:11-18 ). It is possible to know all about doctrine and still not know Jesus. A person’s soul is in grave danger when the knowledge of doctrine surpasses Jesus, avoiding intimate touch with Him. Why was Mary weeping? Doctrine meant no more to her than the grass under her feet. In fact, any Pharisee could have made a fool of Mary doctrinally, but one thing they could never ridicule was the fact that Jesus had cast seven demons out of her (see Luke 8:2 ); yet His blessings were nothing to her in comparison with knowing Jesus Himself. “. . . she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. . . . Jesus said to her, ’Mary!’ ” ( John 20:14, 16 ). Once He called Mary by her name, she immediately knew that she had a personal history with the One who spoke. “She turned and said to Him, ’Rabboni!’ ” ( John 20:16 ).

When I have stubbornly doubted? (see John 20:24-29 ). Have I been doubting something about Jesus— maybe an experience to which others testify, but which I have not yet experienced? The other disciples said to Thomas, “We have seen the Lord” ( John 20:25 ). But Thomas doubted, saying, “Unless I see . . . I will not believe” ( John 20:25 ). Thomas needed the personal touch of Jesus. When His touches will come we never know, but when they do come they are indescribably precious. “Thomas . . . said to Him, ’My Lord and my God!’ ” ( John 20:28 ).

When I have selfishly denied Him? (see John 21:15-17 ). Peter denied Jesus Christ with oaths and curses (see Matthew 26:69-75 ), and yet after His resurrection Jesus appeared to Peter alone. Jesus restored Peter in private, and then He restored him publicly before the others. And Peter said to Him, “Lord . . . You know that I love You” ( John 21:17 ).

Do I have a personal history with Jesus Christ? The one true sign of discipleship is intimate oneness with Him— a knowledge of Jesus that nothing can shake.


3 thoughts on “The Wheelbarrow

  1. It is not an easy thing to learn how to surrender completely and utterly. Well, for me, anyway. God has had quite the task of prying my control-freak fingers off of my life. But He’s certainly big enough to do it. Thanks for sharing this.

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