I love that Jesus is always direct.
There is no guessing game with Him.
He always tells us exactly what He desires of us and what He will give us in return when we give ourselves over to Him fully.
Consider, Luke 9: 57 – 62 when He was on his way to Jerusalem.
He was honest about what it will cost a person to follow Him …. we are told to count the cost of discipleship (saying yes to being a follower of Christ goes beyond our emotions and enthusiasm, it requires us to think deeply on what we are saying yes to, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit); we are required to give up some affections; we are also commanded to say no to some responsibilities in order to say yes to what Christ calls us to do.
This direct invitation is not always glamorous, comfortable and easy.
Just consider the references made in our scripture:
“Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” (verse 58). Am I willing to share in poverty and privation, in one form or the other, for Christ’s sake?
“Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.” (verse 60). Am I okay with saying no to the important things in my life, in one moment, to yes to THE most important One in that same moment?
“No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (verse 62). Am I brave enough to move forward with Christ and not look back or go back to what He is calling me to leave behind?
It’s a hard call but ask any believer who has completely surrendered themselves to Christ, and they’ll share that it was the best, most fruitful and fulfilling decision they could have made.
Today, I’m reminding you that Jesus’ invitation to follow Him is two fold.
He calls us to follow Him, the person.
Christ invites us to journey with Him through friendship and fellowship, daily. He invites us to yield ourselves to a friendship with Him that will ultimately make us more like Him.
Lord help me to pour into a friendship and partnership with you.
Then, Jesus’ invitation to follow Him is a command for us to follow His mission, His commandments and His truth.
Christ’s mission and truth is sweetly summed up in Luke 4: 18 – 19, “…He has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted and to announce that captives shall be released and the blind shall see, that the downtrodden shall be freed from their oppressors, and that God is ready to give blessings to all who come to him.”
To follow Christ means saying yes to living a selfless, spirit-led life of service that will bring glory to His Father.
And if we are honest with ourselves and open to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, we will realize that there is a special cause or population or service that we may feel drawn toward. God wants to use our talents, heart, and gifts to build His kingdom in that space, special field or place.
And the good news is, we don’t have to be perfect. We don’t have to be the most popular. Christ just desires for us to be brave and obedient.
This week, would you be brave and say ‘yes’ to Jesus’ invitation to friendship and fellowship as well as to His mission, commandments and truth?
I know I intend to because it only makes sense to say yes to both parts of His invitation.
Stay sweet and stay blessed!
(2018) Dentrecia Blanchette