Will you GO? (Part 1)
Our journey begins when Jesus invites us into a relationship with himself. We see an example of this in Mark 1:16-17 when Jesus says to Simon and Andrew, “Follow me…“. And, when Jesus asks we face this important decision, as laid out in Matthew 16:24-26. We must either say…
(a) “No thank you.” (Ignore the invitation and strive to gain ‘the world’)
(b) “Yes. I’ll follow!” (Sacrifice everything and follow Jesus)
(c) “Yes, BUT…” (Try and do both)
Too often our response is, “Yes, i’ll come BUT…” There are no buts in Christianity. It’s clear that Jesus expects an ‘all or nothing’ response from us, one similar to the response that Simon and Andrew gave when it says, “Immediately they left their nets and followed him.“
We will never find a passion for sharing the Gospel as long as we ‘sit on the fence’ and don’t fully commit to following Jesus. In Revelation 3:15-16 it says, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.“
Before we GO (and commit to the mission) we each need to settle this matter in our heart. Am I IN or am I OUT? There is no in between. Trying to live ‘in between’ will leave you confused, unfulfilled, conflicted, and tired. You’ll never experience God Himself, you’ll only ever experience a watered religious duty without any power. You need to die to yourself (your own desires and wants) so God can fill you with His Spirit and His Life (the kind that never runs out!). When this happens God will take you on a journey so incredible, so outrageous that no drug, drink, food, experience, or feeling can match.
Do you dare to follow?