The people celebrated the apostle. They were the physical signs of his works. He was the shepherd made after God’s own heart, to lead us with spiritual understanding and knowledge. The people in his wake are simply the products of his mission.
The apostle’s choice were stricken from him the moment he said, “Yes Lord.” He no longer decides what he wants to do for himself. He no longer decides the manner in which he will live his life. For his life is forfeit to the one true God. His actions and his steps are ordered thru God and conveyed by the Holy Spirit.
In a sense, he has completely sacrificed all that he has known to aid in the battle for souls. He is the first on the battlefield and will be the last to leave. We stretch our hands towards him and pray for his protection. He goes forth to do the work of God. He goes forth against principalities and spiritual wickedness in high places.
But whenever the shepherd grows weary, he shall only need to look back. Not only to see how far God has bought him, but to see those who follow him faithfully he leads them to Jesus Christ.
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