And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
—Luke 9:23-27, 57-62
by: Trisha Gerstel.
Most of us have no problem following the Lord’s direction…as long as we like the outcome. Attending church regularly, being part of a Bible Study Group, tithing— all of these are “doable” because they do not affect the status quo. But what happens when we are called to do something “uncomfortable,” such as leaving a high-paying job or walking against the crowd? Thankfully, the Lord will give us strength and wisdom during these times if we pray and open our hearts to His leading. When we do this, God will free us from the fear and fill us with peace.