“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee. … And I will bless thee, … and thou shalt be a blessing” (Genesis 12:1-2).
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out … obeyed; and went out, not knowing whither he went” (Hebrews 11:8).
“And a certain scribe came, said unto him, Master, I will follow thee withersoever thou goest. And Jesus said unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Matthew 8:19-20).
Every passage I read this morning, whether it was in Genesis, Proverbs, the Gospel of Matthew, or the Book of Romans, were all good reminders of what it takes to truly follow Jesus is a life of faith. A life of making all the “hard choices!”
A good reminder as we are in the first few days of a New Year!
Abraham is a great reminder that the life of faith is exactly that, A LIFE OF FAITH! When God calls, we must be willing to leave all (father, family, friends, financial security, future ambitions, and all that is familiar), even if we don’t know where the path will lead. This is the life of faith!
As one author noted:
The more you have to lose, the more you have to risk. The more you have to risk, the higher the price of following God. In some twisted way, God’s blessings to us can become our greatest hindrances to seizing divine moments. … To follow Jesus is to enter the unknown, to relinquish security, and to exchange certainty for confidence in Him. … You were born to live a great adventure; You were created with a divine destiny; You are called to fulfill a great mission. You were designed for a unique purpose. Now you are called to live it out. … SOMEHOW WE ALL KNOW THAT TO PLAY IT SAFE IS TO LOSE IT THE GAME!
We all have to make the choice between COMFORT and GROWTH. Comfort seldom leads to the necessary and much desired growth in one’s life. Change is necessary for real stretching and growth in one’s life.
Unfortunately, very few of us really want to leave our comfort zone!
Of course not, we all find great comfort and security in the midst of our comfort zone. That’s where we are most comfortable. That’s where life is most convenient, at least in our opinion. Leaving our comfort zone means we are willing to give up some things, and some people, who are dear and near to us.
Leaving our comfort zone means we have to step out in faith and follow Jesus wherever He might lead even if it means sacrificing all of the comforts and conveniences, and even the companions that are found in the comfort zone!
It’s so easy to say I want to follow Jesus. It’s so easy to say I am willing to follow Jesus wherever He might lead. But doing it is an entirely different thing. Ask the scribe in Matthew 8:19-20. He probably hadn’t taken the time to count the “real” cost of following Christ. But Jesus helped him to understand what the life of faith, a life on journey with Jesus was really all about!
- Are you feeling comfortable today?
- Do you want to grow in your relationship with Christ and your service for Christ?
- Are you sure you want to FOLLOW JESUS?
“He is no fool if he would choose to give what he cannot keep to gain what he can never lose!”
Just reflecting on following Jesus wherever He might lead!