'Point of no return'
Until we have sought to go beyond the point of no return in our quest to fulfill the purpose Christ has laid
before us, we have not made the commitment to Discipleship set out in
Luke 9:23: "If anyone would come
after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross
daily and follow Me".  When a pilot crosses the
half-way point in his flight plan and does not have sufficient fuel remaining to return to his point of origin, he
must then continue on to his planned destination.  The full commitment to 'the way'
(1)  of Christ begins
when we venture and journey past the point of no return as we exit our previous 'Egypt homeland' (worldly
existence).  "The way, the truth and the life describe the three principal aspects of the Exodus: the way out
of bondage
(then out of Egypt), the truth which guides us in living the Christian life (then the giving of the Law),
and the power to live a life pleasing to Christ
(then the settling into the Promised Land)"(2).
As we view the church today there are those still camping out on the eastern bank of the Red Sea, those still
wandering the deserts of Zin/Shur/Paran, those continuing to prepare to cross the 'Jordan' and take the land,
and those already in the 'promised land' doing battle with giants in the given territory.  Until we, individually
and corporately, "reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature,
attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ"
(3),  we will not be able to cross over the point of no
return. The Church of today needs to cross over the point of no return
in unity, leave behind our circuitous
wanderings, set aside our preoccupation with past victories, dismantle our interpretative differences or be
truly grieved with the complacency of spiritual things as they are
(now).  The now is rushing forward to
meet the
forever(4) (eternal life).  When God moves in the last hours of this age, those who have already
ventured passed the point of no return in their commitment to Christ and His way, will have a thunderous
and explicit testimony setting them apart from the bank-hugger, perpetual preparer, and perennial wanderer's
among us.
Earnestly seek out those around you who have passed the point of no return in their spiritual pilgrimage.  
God knows which believer has entered into the '
fullness of decision' to follow Christ wherever He may lead
him, now and in the days to come.  We can make the decision to seek our full and complete destiny in Christ
or wait to be placed in "the valley of decision"(5).  The valley of decision is " the same as the valley of
(v. 2),  where God will decide about men, not where men decide about God"(6). "There are
not many ways to the Father in heaven, only One -- through Christ Jesus"
(7) ... irrespective of what celebrity
ministers espouse, media talking-heads declare, or counterfeit religious ecumenicalism professes.  Let this be
the day that you cross over the point of no return in your life with Christ, if you have not already made that
commitment. God's Holy Spirit will meet you in a new place and speak wisdom and strength into your heart,
for you have entered His land and He will honor your commitment.  Do Not look back! (see Gen. 19:25)

Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
(1) (Jn. 14:6)   (2) (BSB-note Jn. 14:6)   (3) (Eph. 4:13)   (4) (Jn. 6:51)   (5) (see Joel 3:14, 3:2)   (6) (Ryrie--note Joel 3:14)       
(7) (Ryrie-note Jn. 14:6)
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