We’re studying the book of mark in Sunday school and the pastor is preaching on it in parallel. It got me thinking the other day along with another email blog I get by Jim Dennison called First 15, how radical the Christian life really is.
This particular one talked about longing to be wholehearted in our Christian walk.
When Jesus called the 12 disciples, they essentially dropped everything to follow Jesus. Peter in particular left his dad’s fishing business, boats and all, to follow Jesus. Do you think they knew at the time what they would later face because they followed Jesus? The deaths they would experience because of their faith? They fact that they would give up at times the comfortable of home and family?
Living the Christian life truly is radical. And we have to at times take extraordinary steps I order to truly walk in faith and be obedient. Things that world would look at and call us crazy, like not taking a job that should be a no brainer.
Quite a few years ago I was in a job that was probably the toughest job I have ever had. As a result, I was interviewing with other companies and was in the process of getting a job offer on a position that would have been an incredible career move. And I didn’t take it. I prayed over the situation for some time and it just wasn’t the right choice to make. Later my wife even told me that she couldn’t believe I didn’t take it. But in looking back, God had a better plan for me. That plan included me getting laid off from probably the best job I have had. But I now have another great job.
I have a small daily calender with quite from Tony Evans. Below is the one from the 16th.
We have to live with no plan b. Unlike the many choices we face these days to live a wholehearted life we only have one choice and that’s seeking Jesus and His will for our lives.
However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him—
1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV