What holds us back? Is there anything preventing us from fully following?
"Then a scribe came and said to Him, 'Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.' Jesus said to him, 'The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.' Another of the disciples said to Him, 'Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.' But Jesus said to him, 'Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.' " (Matthew 8.19-22)
A man of means would find it challenging to unequivocally follow a man with few possessions. A man choosing to follow at some later time after his father's death will likely never do so. Dictating terms for following Jesus does not work.
The call to follow is simple and immediate. This is the moment of decision and opportunity. Will I choose this day and this moment to follow where He leads? To take action as He directs? Nothing is easier than attaching qualifiers to His call, but His call is unconditional.
What do you sense of His call today? Is there a specific action you sense He is calling you to take? A certain person to approach? A certain place to be? Nothing is more fulfilling or exhilarating than the adventure of following Him.
©Steve Taylor, 2017 --Used by permission