I’ve been reading through the Gospels recently. I wanted to study the life of Christ, and so I just decided to read the Gospels over and over again. There is so much that I could write about, but the thing that’s hit me in the face are these two words…
Jesus has a way of getting right to the point. He doesn’t paint a false picture of what it’s like to follow Him in hopes of wooing more followers. Instead, He makes it clear that following Him isn’t easy, it will be hard, and it will have difficulties. But the result will be worth any momentary struggle, because you’re following Christ. He knows that He’ll be able to provide everything when people follow Him, because He is everything.
“While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fisherman. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.”
The thing that sticks out to me in that account, is the fact that they immediately obeyed. I follow Christ. There’s no question about that, and I will boldly proclaim that to the world. But, I don’t always immediately obey. I’m the type of person that can think of every excuse or reason to delay obedience.
“God, I can’t give that money right now. Things are really tight and I can’t obey you.”
“God, I can’t go talk to that person today. I’m so busy with my own problems, surely you can’t expect me to talk to them today.”
“God, I can’t go on that missions trip this summer. I have to be home and work.”
The fact is, I am quite talented at thinking up excuses when I don’t want to obey the Lord. Sometimes, I spend more energy fighting with the Lord, and coming up with excuses when it would be easier to simply obey. Jesus’ commandment wasn’t, “Follow me…unless (insert excuse here)”
I am issuing a challenge to myself and to you as well. Follow Christ, and obey Him immediately (without any excuses). This is going to require some retraining on my part, because I’m so used to making excuses to the Lord instead of obeying without questioning. Here’s the beautiful truth: Following Him will lead to the deepest and most enduring joy possible. If Jesus were to show up at my doorstep tomorrow and say, “Chelsea, follow me. Leave everything and follow me.” I want to obey. So, will you join me in not only following Christ, but following Him immediately?
“He who has God and everything else has no more than he who has God only.” –C.S Lewis