24th June 2022

The (un)easy option

… “Follow Me [accepting Me as Master and Teacher].”…
Luke 9:59 (Amp)

While living for Jesus is the most wonderful way of life imaginable, he doesn’t promise us that it will always be easy. After all, some of Jesus’ instructions are quite challenging. Here’s a couple of examples:

‘You must love others as much as yourself.’ (Mark 12:31 TLB)

‘Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:40 MSG)

We are saved by grace, and Jesus loves us no matter what we may do, or not do, although this love means he is always ready to gently lead us into even higher levels of devotion to him and service to others. The Bible tells us of one such incident, where Jesus had miraculously fed thousands of his followers. When he met these people again, he could so easily have just given them another meal, but he told them that what actually mattered was not physical food, but spiritual nourishment. He used the metaphor that the people should feed on him, which led most of them to stop following him. Jesus asked his twelve disciples, “You do not want to leave too, do you?” (John 6:67 NIV), to which Peter replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.” (vv.68-69).

I was recently at a church service where a woman spoke of how she had met her son’s murderer and had been able to forgive him. That was clearly not an easy thing to do, but Jesus’ calling means we strive to do what is right, not what is easy. 

What course of action do we have other than to live for the great, loving, eternal God, the creator of heaven and earth, who loves us more than we can comprehend and appreciate? Regardless of circumstances, Christ’s love compels us to live for him: ‘And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.’ (2 Corinthians 5:15).

What a wonderful calling we have! No matter what difficulties we may face, or the obstacles that may come our way in the future, how amazing it is to be loved by the greatest being there is – and what a privilege to be able to join him in his work! Other options may seem attractive in the short-term, but to whom else shall we turn when we believe and know that Jesus is the Holy One of God?

Prayer
Father, thank you for all that Jesus has done for us. Although following him is not always easy, help us to be filled with his love so that we will want nothing other than to live for him. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Study by Anthony Dady

 

About the writer:
Anthony Dady is a Minister in Grace Communion International and is the Regional Pastor for Wales, the Midlands, and Northern England.

Local congregation:
GCI Northampton
Ecton Village Hall
78A High Street
Ecton
Northampton
NN6 0QB

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local congregational contact:
Gavin Henderson
Email:  gavin.henderson@gracecom.church

Word of Life contact:
wordoflife@gracecom.church