Monday, March 11th, 2019
Do-Gooders: 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 cost-of-discipleship revelations, Jesus was in Peter's house... healing his mother-in-law.*
Therein, we gather Peter was married. He had a home and family in need. Consider:
Peter left his home and kin for three years. Surely, he continued when Jesus died. Maybe his family traveled with him. We don't know all the details, but we do know Peter went wherever he was called.
Christ detailed the cost of discipleship.** Because it's more than we'd like to believe. Because it's more than most pastors discuss. Because many depend on your giving... more than they depend on God's providing.
Therein, a shepherd's lambs 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 all over the earth.
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.
## Do-Gooders: Go Where They're Called (Part 39)
* 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
NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2016 series called, 'Do-Gooders.' In these devotions, you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.