“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (1)
If you have accepted Jesus as Lord, then you have been called into a covenant relationship with Him. If He takes Kingship of your life then what are the great and mighty things God wants to show you? Could they be hidden things that you cannot see unless the Holy Spirit sheds light into your heart? Possibly, in that, God has set His love on you so you can know His faithfulness which secures His everlasting love towards you? Perhaps it could be because of His great mercy that has forgiven you, ‘…that you should no longer be a slave to sin,’ (2) and that you would be reconciled back to the Father. Have you considered that He will deliver you from every peril of this life, as you place your trust in Him? The door is open wide to call upon Him now that He might give you a little of Himself, to display His goodness in your personal situation. I come to ask, what would you do without Him? Frances Ridley Havergal has written an elegant expression of Christ’s calling in: “What will you do without Him?”
What Will You Do Without Him?
I could not do without Thee, O Saviour of the lost! Whose precious blood redeemed me, at such tremendous cost? Thy righteousness, Thy pardon, Thy precious blood must be my only hope and comfort, my glory and my plea! I could not do without Him! Jesus is more to me than all the richest, fairest gifts of earth could ever be. But the more I find Him precious – and the more I find Him true – the more I long for you to find what He can be to you. You need not do without Him, for He is passing by, He is waiting to be gracious, only waiting for your cry; He is waiting to receive you – to make you all His own. Why will you do without Him, and wander on alone? Why will you do without Him? Is He not kind indeed? Did He not die to save you? Is He not all you need? Do you not want a Saviour? Do you not want a Friend? One who will love you faithfully, and love you to the end? Why will you do without Him? The word of God is true, the world is passing to its doom – and you are passing too. It may be no to-morrow shall dawn on you or me; why will you run the awful risk of all eternity? What will you do without Him in the long and dreary day of trouble and perplexity, when you do not know the way, and no one else can help you, and no one guides you right, and hopes come not with morning, and rest comes not with night? You could not do without Him, if once He made you see the fetters that enchain you, till He hath set you free: if once you saw the fearful load of sin upon your soul – the hidden plague that ends in death, unless He makes you whole. What will you do without Him when death is drawing near? Without His love – the only love that casts out every fear; when the shadow-valley opens, unlighted and unknown, and the terrors of its darkness must all be passed alone! What will you do without Him, when the great white throne is set, and the Judge who never can mistake, and never can forget – the Judge, whom you have never here as Friend and Saviour sought, shall summon you to give account of deed and word and thought? You cannot do without Him! There is no other name by which you ever can be saved No way, no hope, no claim! Without Him – everlasting loss of love, and life, and light! Without Him – everlasting woe and everlasting night.
But with Him – oh! With Jesus! Are any words so blest? With Jesus, everlasting joy and everlasting rest! With Jesus – all the empty heart filled with His perfect love; with Jesus – perfect peace below, and perfect bliss above. Why should you do without Him? It is not yet too late; He has not closed the day of grace, He has not shut the gate. He calls you! Hush! He calls you! He would not have you go another step without Him, because He loves you so. Why will you do without Him? He calls and calls again – ‘Come unto me! Come unto me!’ Oh, shall He call in vain? He wants to have you with Him; do you not want Him too? You cannot do without Him, and He wants – even you. (3)
“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (4)
All for Jesus is my prayer that others too might embrace Your love and all You have done. That they may have eternal hope in the One true God, Jesus Lord and Savior. Amen.
- Jeremiah 33:3 nas
- Romans 6:6 nas
- 2 Peter 3:9