During my daily reading, I came across an interesting passage in the book of Luke. I’m sure I’ve read this quite a few times, but this time it really hit me and made me think.
Here’s how this goes: It is coming closer to Passover and the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, and He is making His way to Jerusalem, teaching along the way what the Kingdom of God is like. Someone in the crowd asks Jesus if only a few will be saved. Jesus’ response should cause every Christian to evaluate their lives in Him.
He says, “‘Whether few or many is none of your business. Put your mind on your life with God. The way to life-to God!-is vigorous and requires your total attention. A lot of you are going to assume that you’ll sit down to God’s salvation banquet just because you’ve been hanging around the neighborhood all your lives. Well, one day you’re going to be banging on the door, wanting to get in, but you’ll find the door locked and the Master saying, “Sorry, you’re not on my guest list.”
You’ll protest, “But we’ve known you all our lives!” only to be interrupted with this abrupt, “Your kind of knowing can hardly be called knowing. You don’t know the first thing about me.”‘” (Luke 13:22-27; The Message)
I find so many people, largely in the American and European churches, who say they know Jesus and they are a Christian, but they don’t know the first thing about Jesus. They don’t take the time to get to know Him, to commune with Him, and follow His teachings. Honestly, you can’t be called a disciple of Christ if you aren’t willing to do what He says and follow His teachings. I fear that so many people are going to be just like Jesus says: sitting in church every week, going to Bible studies and worship services and not truly knowing Jesus and they will be left out of the whole party.
Part of me is so afraid of failing. So afraid of letting God, my Master, my Teacher, down. That’s what keeps me going. At times I feel like Paul, who said, “I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.” (1 Corinthians 9:26-27; The Message)
We should all be like that, willing to give all it takes to follow Jesus, no matter what, running as hard as we can, teaching others about Jesus.
So, put your mind on God. Following Jesus isn’t as easy as we make it out to be. It requires your full attention and all your energy.
Are you willing?