Tough questions. But these were the questions that the Holy Spirit asked me while reading these verses from Luke:
On the road someone asked if he could go along. “I’ll go with you, wherever,” he said. Jesus was curt: “Are you ready to rough it? We’re not staying in the best inns, you know.” Jesus said to another, “Follow me.” He said, “Certainly, but first excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have to make arrangements for my father’s funeral.” Jesus refused. “First things first. Your business is life, not death. And life is urgent: Announce God’s kingdom!” Then another said, “I’m ready to follow you, Master, but first excuse me while I get things straightened out at home.” Jesus said, “No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off till tomorrow. Seize the day.” (Luke 9:56-62, MSG, emphasis added)
Our excuses might be generally good things. But not if they prevent us from following God. We’d like to have things clear, either black or white. But God does not treat us as puppets but as persons who can think, pray, discuss, listen, and choose.
Our excuses might be our way to keep things safe and sound, not rocking the boat, right? We have created comfort zones around us, like they could keep us safe. But anything outside of our comfort zones scares us. We’d rather keep things like they’ve always been. Even if they are not that great.
God does meet us as we are and where we are.
But don’t expect him to leave you there.
Otherwise God wouldn’t be God.
God does get personal.
He is not satisfied with merely small talk.
He wants to know you and be known intimately.
God does invite us to follow him out of our self-built comfort zones.
He wants to be our safety-net.
He wants to be our world.
But how do we respond? Does also our response start with “excuse me”? Do we respond with valid-sounding excuses? Or do we procrastinate? Do we have good intentions but leave the actions for later? Do we choose worldly comforts over Christ? Do we choose our will over God’s will?
Thank you for examining our hearts and motives.
Thank you that you don’t just call us to follow you,
but you also empower us to do so.
Thank you that you don’t just save us,
but you also call us out of our comfort zones.
Thank you that you don’t just love us,
but you keep on making us holy like you.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What’s your excuse to not to follow Christ?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you boldly move out of your comfort zone trusting God will always take care of you!
Giving thanks today for
#461 real safety is in Christ
#462 real comfort zone is found in God
#463 God does not leave us where He found us.
#464 God’s calling is urgent
#465 leaving procrastination behind is possible in Christ
#466 God takes our fears away if we ask
#467 God plants boldness in us if we ask
#468 God empowers us to leave our comfort zones
#469 God wants to be our everything
#470 God’s wild grace makes us bold in Christ
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