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)