Saturday, December 24th, 2016
Do-Gooders (Part 39)
Go Where They're Called
Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea. Then a scribe came and said to Him, 'Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.' Jesus said to him, 'The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His Head.' Another of the disciples said to Him, 'Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.' But Jesus *said to him, 'Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.. When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.
Matthew 8:18-23 (NASB)
Before these conversations in Matthew, we discover Jesus in Peter's house.* Therein, He healed Peter's mother-in-law. So we learn His #1 disciple was married and had a home with needful family. Right before that, Jesus agreed to go help a Roman centurion's servant.
Because do-gooders must go where they're called. Peter left his home and kin for three years. Surely, he continued when Jesus died. Maybe some family traveled with him. We don't know the details of Peter's life, but we do know he went where he was called.
Today's key Verses talk about the cost for a true follower of Jesus Christ.** Because it's more than most of us believe. Because it's more than most pastors discuss. Because many depend on your giving more than they depend on Christ providing.
Therein, a pastor's sheep are discouraged from leaving the pasture grounds of his church. Therein, baby Christians never grow up to go where Christ is calling them to go. Therein, God's laborers are far too few to carry His Word unto all nations.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You go where most believers refused: straight into the fields of media, providing super-speed travel time for God's do-gooders to do real good.
Because God gave you talents to grow, you give up all the comforts of home to live a seemingly risky life. You remember what others forget:
1. You must forsake all to follow Christ and trust Him to care for your loved ones far better than you can do it yourself.
2. Your true home awaits you in Heaven and you're called to help others get there. Your greatest Comfort travels with you.
3. The real risk is refusing to go. Sadly, some Christians believe the world's translation of a successful life.
4. Your trip into such a flashy field is rare enough to draw attention. Your move will inspire countless people.
To Be Continued...
* Matthew 8:14-17: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+8%3A14-17&version=NASB
** Amazingly well-written article on the Cost of Discipleship. (It also has an audio link.) I strongly encourage you to read or listen to it: https://bible.org/seriespage/lesson-70-cost-discipleship-luke-1425-35
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.