I pray not any of us would miss the call to “take up the charge,” if we should be called to do so. Whether it be that of being set over our household, a corporation, organization, congregation/church, city, or nation, I pray that we would not shirk from the responsibility.

Make us to hear and to know; make it so clear that we cannot miss it, and grip our hearts to do Your will and may we be bound to obedience, for “If I  will walk in Your ways and keep Your charge, then You will use me to bring justice to my household/church group/whatever the case may be; I will  watch over Your courts and be given assignments to do regarding ones You place in my pathway” (Zech.3:7).

Just as Elisha picked up Elijah’s mantle (2 Kings 2:13,14), may I walk in the mantle of my mentor, leader, teacher, or whomever You have chose for me to follow, and whose work I am to continue. Give me the unction of the Spirit to know if I am to take up  the charge in whatever way it may be that I am to do. Let me be ready to assume whatever responsibilities may be passed on to me by my leader just as those in days of old (2 Chron.17:3-5,7-9), and now in modern times, when leaders pass on or move on to other duties and someone must carry on their work, let me not miss my calling if there is something there that I am called to.

Make me not only willing, but eager to pick up the torch, whether  “it is convenient or inconvenient” (2 Tim.4:1,2). Just as Paul directs Timothy (Tim.1:18) to be prepared to deal with situations of conflict, false teachings, and backsliding, etc., when he says: “Confront, rebuke, encourage—with complete patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not put up with sound instruction, but they will pile up for themselves teachers in keeping with their own desires, to have their ears tickled” (2 Tim.4:2,3), I must be prepared to pass on to newer believers what I have now learned, and I want to do that with a grateful, humble, truthful heart of love.

I lay hold of those most meaningful words that Jim Caviezel spoke, when he shared what came out of his role in the “Passion of the Christ.” I, too, want to learn that i must carry my own cross, and understand that there is a price for my faith, my freedoms. There is a price; it cost You, Lord Jesus/Yeshua Ha-Mashiash, EVERYTHING to do what You did for us; and well it should cost me EVERYTHING  to follow You. I GIVE YOU MY ALL. I want to embrace my cross and continue steadfastly towards the goal, “that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me  .  . . .  forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, (Make me) press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus . . . . .  that to the degree that I have already attained, let me walk by the same rule  . . .” (Phil.3:12-16).

Make us all ready for solid food no longer needing to be spoon-fed like babes (Heb.5:13,14), but mature, ready to move on to assume the charge of whatever lies before us. I want, as Caviezel says to “Go out into this pagan world and shamelessly express my faith in this pagan world . . . .  to give myself entirely to Him . . shake off this tolerance of evil. . . . . set myself apart from this corrupt generation. I wasn’t made to fit in; I was made to stand out” (Caviezel,

Move in me now, Holy Spirit, that I will step up to the plate and take the charge, taking up my Cross daily, in denial of fleshly self, and following in the footsteps of Jesus/Yeshua (Lk.9:23). In Your Holy and Precious Name. Amen.

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