Call-Breathe-Drink (Part 1 of 3)
With this article, we begin a series for you who have joined Campus Life seminars at one time or another. We believe you have touched God and have been touched by God. Our deep longing is for the continuation and even development of the positive experiences you obtained.
"O Lord Jesus!"
You heard this a lot. Most probably you were asked to say it, too. To be sure, what you were asked to do was not to say some kind of chant. It is also not a church version of "Oh my God!" or "Susmaryosep!" To say "O Lord Jesus" is to call on the name of the Lord. This is something in the Bible. There the word call in the original language means to call out to, to cry unto, hence it is to call out audibly, even loudly, the name of the Lord. That is why you really have to open your mouth, the wider, the better. We cry out, not that the Lord is deaf, but because we need to open our being and let Him in.
The Bible tells us that the third generation of mankind began to practice this (Gen. 4:26) because they realized that man is weak as well as fragile and that human life is vanity. We know this because at that time they named their children Abel meaning vanity and Enosh meaning frail, mortal man. Have you made the same realization? You want to do many things, but your strength is limited. Stretch yourself some more and you will begin to get sick. Fault line, earthquake, tsunami, storm surge are words that now strike fear into your heart for media has now helped you understand how helpless you are in the face of such natural calamities. Emotionally, you are discouraged by just a word or a look. At times, it is the opposite, you are disheartened because you did not get that word or that smile. In certain aspects, you want to change for the better but you are either powerless to start or too weak to sustain what you started. After all the effort, you are back at square one or you are worse. Many seek faithfulness, love, honesty in relationships, but others can provide such only up to a certain point. You see many in society needing help and they do not get any. Some are helping society but then they die. And when they die, their legacy fades as well. It seems there is no lasting good. Thus, many hope but end up disappointed. Perhaps you were one such individual also. Maybe like the many you said, "What's the use?"
One day, you called "O Lord Jesus!" Then you discovered the end of man is the beginning of God. You find out that with God, there is something more (actually, a whole lot more)! He is unsearchably rich (Eph. 3:8). All His riches are meant for man to partake and enjoy. Romans 10:12-13 says, "For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all and rich to all who call upon Him; For 'whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.'" So keep calling on His name! Let the Lord continue to be rich to you to counter the weakness and vanity in your life. Call on His name and receive peace, joy, wisdom, strength, and life!