Imagine yourself a student during the 1970s, and you are sitting in the classroom of the wisest professor on the planet. This professor has given an assignment–go out into the city and wait for further instructions. The professor leaves the classroom without fielding the multitude of questions that arise from nervous students. As they make their way from the building and the campus into the city, many complain and are fearful; they travel in groups as they focus on their inability to understand. As the day passes, they are easily distracted and choose instead to fill their time with things of the city which have nothing to do with the professor’s assignment. Most lose interest and become satisfied with the comfort of being in their group. They never receive the professor’s instructions and by the end of the day, they have forgotten why it was even important to do so.
Among this class, however, are a few students who enter the city with a strategy. They consider all they know of their professor–character, likes, dislikes, and all previous communication. Because of their reflection, these students are keenly aware of how to wait for further instructions. And as each of them walk through the city, they look for signs of the professor everywhere. After some time, each of these students eventually come upon a phone booth that is filled with the persistent ring of a telephone. As they listen, each student knows instinctively that this could be their professor. Their choice is now to answer the call or not. The ones who answer will receive the news of passing the class with flying colors, the accolades of their professor, and the gift of lifelong security.
Which student are you? As you listen to Dr. Loggins today, you will be challenged to examine the true state of your relationship with Jesus Christ. May we all have the courage to answer His call!
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”