“We are fools for Christ sake … Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, AND HAVE NO CERTAIN DWELLING PLACE” (1 Corinthians 4:10-11).
Paul’s life looked foolish, not only in the eyes of those who did not know Christ, but also to many who knew Christ. He willingly surrendered himself to Christ and the cause of Christ; he sacrificed his life of comfort and ease, and Paul chose to never have a “certain dwelling place” this side of eternity. Paul knew his place in this world was simply that of a “stranger” and a “pilgrim” (1 Peter 2:11), who was simply passing through. When God opened a door, Paul walked through it, regardless of circumstances and consequences. When God closed a door, Paul did not try to force it open. When the Cloud stopped, Paul stopped, and when the Cloud moved, Paul moved!
If we follow Jesus, He will take us places we never could have imagined, going by paths we never knew existed.
Someone has said,
But the will of God is neither logical nor linear. It is downright confusing and complicated. … there is nothing more unnerving or disorienting than passionately pursuing God. And the sooner we come to terms with that spiritual reality, the more we will enjoy the journey. … Take the Holy Spirit out of the equation of my life, and it would spell b-o-r-i-n-g. Add Him into the equation of your life, and anything can happen. You never know who you’ll meet, where you’ll go, or what you’ll do. All bets are off. If you would describe your relationship with God as anything less than adventurous, then maybe you think you’re following the Spirit but have actually settled for something other than the following Christ.
Lot’s of truth in that statement above!
Another author wrote:
“But the most basic definition of following someone is that you go where they go. So maybe there’s a better way to ask the question. Instead of asking, ‘Are you following Jesus?’ the question should be, ‘Are you going where Jesus went?’ ‘Are you doing what Jesus did?’ ‘Are you loving who Jesus loved?’”
Take a few moments to pause, ponder, and pray over those questions. And, while you are at it, try to think of a person in the Bible who believed and followed God while living a safe, normal life. You can’t!
Don’t settle for normal. Don’t settle for ordinary. Choose to be a radical follower of Jesus Christ!
“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” —HELEN KELLER