A Soul–Shaking Truth from Adventures in Odyssey

Posted: September 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

A family named the Hamricks introduced me to Adventures in Odyssey and when I married into Amber’s family, they often listen to it in the car.

For those who are not familiar with Odyssey, don’t worry.

In this particular episode, Eugene and his wife Katrina were going back to Africa on a mission trip. While there, they are working with a tribe who recognized Eugene. They thought it was his father because of the resemblance they saw in Eugene’s face. The tribe makes it sound as though his parents may actually be alive! Eugene becomes instantly flabbergasted because his parents were killed when he was young. However, if they are alive, they are in a place which has been cursed by a neighboring tribe and no one who has gone there has ever returned.

In light of this, Eugene resolves to go and see if his folks are alive. Their tribal guide says to him “You can’t go, you can’t! It’s too dangerous!” Eugene replies with this soul shaking quote “I have to go, I don’t care about the danger – the danger is irrelevant!”

Considering what was at stake, being able to possibly see his parents alive, despite the risk and danger, he was willing to go.

And what has this to say for us in light of a God whose call upon our life involves danger, risk taking, and living life not for the self, but yielded to Him? Whatever the risk is, whatever the danger may be in serving Christ – standing up for your beliefs at work/school, being a missionary in a closed country, morally obeying Christ’s commands – it’s all worth it in light of what’s at stake.

Well what is at stake? Lives, souls, the furtherance of the gospel, the redeeming of culture, truth, God’s glory, preservation of the earth until his coming – are these worth living for?

Indeed.

Do you hear that? That faint voice calling you to serve Christ? Don’t run from it, though you may already be trying and have been trying to for quite some time now. Just know the more you run from his call to serve him, the louder that faint voice will become. As an alarm awakens us from our sleep for work in the morning, so also does his Spirit serve as a spiritual alarm to awaken our sleeping souls to join in the cause for Christ in any way we can realizing “that it is already the hour for us to awaken from sleep, for salvation is nearer to us than when we believed!” (Rom. 13:11).

May we resolve to go forward serving Christ despite the possible danger, in light of whatever is preventing you from giving God your all in service. After all, we have spent enough time pursuing things in life other than God, but now, we are to live the rest of the time for the will of God (1 Peter 4:3,2).

Hold fast dear brothers and sisters.

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