I picked up John 14 to read this morning, preliminary preparation for Sunday, and I am stopped at the first five words.
“Don’t let yourselves be disturbed.
As you may know this is Yeshua speaking to His Disciples and obviously He is speaking to me and I hope to you this morning. I suppose I could see this as a choice; I can choose to let not that or this disturb me and I am certain that is true. There must be a choice because I have done both – Let and Let Not. And having a choice theology feels good; we like that free will thing. Free to Choose.
But for the Disciples and for me this morning I am sensing more. I think I hear a Loving Command here. As in you are My Disciple so don’t let yourself be disturbed by this and that because I AM here with you.
I like choice. But I think I like this command more. It’s personal. It’s the Voice of the Savior speaking to one of His Own.
Perhaps you’d like to listen and see if you hear a loving command beyond a choice.