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Friday, April 11, 2008

Turn and Follow! Part II

Continued from yesterday …
In Luke 18:18 ff., God confirms once again that His communication is simple, clear and direct. If we are to turn and follow Him, just like the 747 pilots, it is our responsibility to receive correct communication and yield to the authority of God speaking to our lives. Jesus calls us to turn from our selfish and unmerciful ways and to follow Him. He calls us to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, give water to the thirsty, visit the prisoner, care for the outcast, to visit the sick, forgive the unforgivable, and care for the suffering within our communities.

But, back to our story. Who were the 747 pilots that got a lot of communication dead wrong? On March 27, 1977, on the Island of Tenerife, Pan Am Flight 1736, under the command of Captain Victor Grubbs, he was told to turn and follow on to an active foggy runway, and exit at C3. In error, he missed exit C3 and remained on the runway longer than expected. Exit C4 was still 100 meters away. At the same time, KLM Airlines Flight 4805, under the command of Captain Jacob van Zanten was told to turn and follow on to an active runway, stop and hold for takeoff. The complete instructions failed to reach Captain Jacob van Zenten. The Captain failed to communicate with the Tower before starting his engine rotation.

Today, Jesus speaks to each one of us with a clear and distinct message that we can trust. He stands in the control tower of heaven and calls out to each of us to find what it means in our own hearts to - “Sell all that you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, come follow me.” Are we listening to the cries of the poor around us? Are we responding as Jesus commands? Have you checked in with God today before starting your engines?

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