Monday, August 29, 2016

Keep Following

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

Christ followers have two words that they don’t want to use, but if we are honest, we keep them in ready reserve. What are they, you ask? I Quit! We hold them as a sacred possession, like a trump card, ready to use for that insurmountable challenge, or irresolvable problem, or the daunting task. If, and when, that occasion comes, we think “I quit” becomes a reasonable solution.

There was a time when many people that followed Jesus threw up their hands and said, “I quit.” Sure, they relished His miracles and, for a time, hungered for His teaching and leadership, but when He began to explain the high cost of what it meant to really follow Him, many thew in the towel and said, “I quit!” [See John 6:41-66]

I quit! It’s a quick and easy solution, but not the response that should be offered to the Lord. Following Jesus can be challenging at times. Perhaps you’ve experienced some of the frustrations, like rejection, persecution, and the weakness of your sinful flesh. But don’t listen to the taunts of the evil one and be drawn to an incorrect conclusion. 

You are in Christ and He is in you! You are a new creation bought with the precious blood of Christ. You are filled with the Holy Spirit of promise. Because of that, you have sufficient strength to persevere. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Paul said. And so can you.

I quit! Although many people decided to forsake the Lord on that day, through faith we can draw a different conclusion. Because all Christ is to you — what He has done and continues to do — here’s the response needed: Jesus, You lead; I follow You — no matter the cost!

From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. John 6:66 

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