Today I am thinking that it is more difficult to follow Christ than it was back in the days when He walked the earth.
I read how, when Jesus called His disciples to follow Him, they dropped everything, “they left their fishing nets” and followed Him (Matthew 4, Mark 1) . This means they quit their jobs, without 2 weeks notice, and went after Him.
Letha and I are in the process of moving, we believe at the direction of the Lord. It is a PROCESS. Did the disciples have to contract a moving company, sell their homes, collect and pack about 100 boxes of stuff, close bank accounts?… You get the idea. I would be considered irresponsible if I dropped everything and moved to Minnesota. In fact, I would get into legal trouble if I left some of this stuff undone. But I believe that this topic may be more a matter of the heart than a matter of U-Haul.
Here are some important points about following Jesus:
-We must be ready to change direction, without a moment’s notice.
-Anything that we possess that would keep us from being obedient to Christ has become a false god to us.
-Our comfort and security outside of total submission to God is an illusion. There is no such thing as safe disobedience.
-Sometimes, God wants us to stay precisely where we are.
Your “net” may represent your career. It could be friends. It may simply be your comfort zone. Whatever it represents, your net must never take precedence over what Christ is asking you to do. He may ask you to keep fishing – if so, fish away! But if He says, “let’s go”, leave your net.