Obeying from the Heart

Jonathan Brownson

READ : Luke 24:14-53

These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you. (v. 44)

We don’t have to see Jesus to serve Jesus. Some of us (a personal confession) are
programmed to slow down when we see a police car. But when the cop disappears from view,
we hit “resume” on the cruise control. Proximity determines practice.

What about with Jesus’ followers? When Jesus is ascending, what are the disciples
thinking? “The police car is gone. Now we can go back to driving (living) as we please.”
But the disciples do not see Jesus ascend and think, “At least that’s over.” Instead, they
“worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the
temple blessing God” (vv. 52-53). They do this because Jesus told them to. Even in his
physical absence, the disciples follow his instructions.

Christ has ascended and is no longer physically with us. We cannot see him. We cannot
hear his words or feel his comforting touch. It would easy enough for us to tell ourselves
that we have many years left on earth and that we should “relax, eat, drink, be merry”
(Luke 12:19). But his followers still obey out of faith. They know that there are reasons
Jesus tells them to do certain things that go beyond immediate perception or instant

Faith gets followers looking up, not around. Faith finds in the ascension obedience,
not excuses.


Lord, especially in the times when you may seem absent, I choose to be