Frank Viola author has written over 20 books on the deeper Christian life and radical church restoration.
What follow is an excerpt from Frank Viola’s new book, Jesus Speaks.
The Price of Following the Lord’s Voice
Sometimes the voice of the Lord will land you in trouble.
Consider this: Jesus lived by His Father’s life. He had the mind of His Father, operated by His spiritual instincts, and followed the Father’s voice.
Where did the voice of God eventually lead Jesus? Up a hill to be crucified.
But it was also the life of the Father who raised Jesus from the dead. (Perhaps the Father said to Jesus, “Come forth,” just as Jesus said to Lazarus.)
Recall that what the Father was to Jesus, Jesus Christ is to all of us. So where will the voice of Jesus lead you? To lay your life down. To take up your cross. To die to your self. But the life of Jesus will also raise you from the dead.
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you. (2 Cor. 4:10–12 niv)
Indeed, there is a danger in following the voice of your Lord. It very well may land you in trouble. Some of the greatest saints in history paid a high price for following the voice of Jesus.
It got Paul of Tarsus beheaded.
It got Peter crucified.
It got John Huss burned alive.
It got William Tyndale strangled.
It caused John Wesley to be slandered mercilessly.
Because each of these people followed the voice of their Lord and it caused them to challenge the status quo.
Yet for all who lay their lives down, there’s always a resurrection.
~ Frank Viola, author