Accepting the Divine Call

WHEN Christ Jesus chose disciples to bear witness to his remarkable career as the Saviour of humanity, he drew about him, with one exception, those who were obedient to his instructions. They were obedient because of the deep and sincere love they had for him. The Master saw expressed in them the qualities of meekness, kindness, and humility, qualities which justified his assurance to them that henceforth he should not call them servants. He said, "I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." In other words, he shared with his friends his holiest treasure. In addition to this sharing, he also informed them that they were to have the wonderful privilege of making practical in daily experience his divine teaching. He chose them for the specific work of assisting in perpetuating his gospel, and in this light they were to consider themselves called to fulfill the sacred office of divine commissioners in carrying out the great plan of salvation which he had revealed to the world.

Jesus warned his disciples against wolves in sheep's clothing. He cautioned them to "beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees," and of others who opposed his plan of salvation. His admonition, when heeded, was their defense against disappointment, doubt, and fear; hence he said, "Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." And in order to give them a greater confidence he said, "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them;" also, "Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him."

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