But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.
Jonah’s disobedience endangered the lives of the ship’s crew. When God has called us to do a work for Him and we run from our calling, it causes havoc in our lives and the lives of others. Every Christian have been assigned to others to bring them into the kingdom of God, are we running from our calling?
Jonah was a young man, he was afraid, he knew God had a specific job for him, but he didn’t want to do it, so he ran from God, so he thought. Because of his running, he caused danger to others that were around him. Our running from God could cause others to lose out on salvation because they were connected to us to minister to them, to show them the way of salvation and sanctification. Everyone professing to be a Christian isn’t an example of a Christian which has caused others not to want our God nor salvation.
The call of sanctification is different from just being a Christian. A Christian should be one that follows the instructions of the word of God, but many times it’s those that believe in God and the Son, but refuses to live according to the instructions of the Bible. Sanctification will cause one to be submitted to the word of God from Genesis through Revelation, and this is the reason why many run from the calling of God.
In order to sit in heavenly places with Christ Jesus, we must submit ourselves to the Father like Jesus did. We must have an intimate relationship with the Father and that comes by spending time in prayer, reading and studying the Bible and giving ourselves a fast. We must spend time in His presence, waiting and listening for His directions and instructions. M have run from the calling that will give them a relationship and fellowship with the Father. Everyone of us have an assignment to reach others, and in order to reach them, we must be equipped, and that comes by spending time with the Father. Every denomination needs to have sanctification and that is submission to the word of God in order to get into His presence. Let us not be like Jonah and cause others to miss heaven because we don’t want to follow the instructions God has given us.