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When Jesus Calls

What happens when Jesus calls people to follow Him?  Here’s what I found in the book of Matthew:

The four fishermen walked away from the family business and followed him without question or delay.  (Mt 5:18-22)

Matthew immediately left his job (tax collecting) and went with Jesus. No guarantees, no contract, just complete surrender. (Mt. 9:9)

A religious teacher was ready to go with Jesus anywhere, but Jesus warned him that it would be a life of privation and rootlessness, humanly speaking.  We don’t know what he decided. (Mt. 8:19-22)

Another follower asked for a delay in order to attend to family obligations. (Mt 8:21-22)

Still another young man wanted to follow Jesus but valued his riches more—and sadly turned away. (Mt. 19:16-22)

Which of these people do you suppose had the most satisfying lives in the long run?  What would it cost you or me to make that kind of total commitment, never looking back, never holding back, no regrets?  Is it worth it?

“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?* Is anything worth more than your soul?  (Mt 16:24-26)

Following the Leader

This morning we were thrilled to watch the US Navy Blue Angels “practice.”  What a glorious sight!  The precisely timed and thrilling maneuvers were breathtaking.  But maybe the most amazing thing is how closely to each other these four (sometimes six) pilots fly at those incredible speeds.  We were told that the lead pilot is the only one who watches where he’s going.  The others do whatever it takes to stay in the right position relative to the leader.  They can’t take their eyes off him for a second.  He communicates to them what he is doing; they just follow and take orders.  The application is obvious….

…let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Hebrews 12:2b NLT

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