This is not what I signed up for.
Have you ever looked at your life as a follower of Jesus and thought “this is not what I signed up for”? Maybe the gospel was presented in such a way that you thought you were signing up for an good life or making a deal that life would be easier. There isn’t fine print when it comes to having a relationship with Jesus but there are things that might not come to mind when you think about Him.
You will encounter risk.
Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let’s go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised men. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few.” “Do all that you have in mind,” his armor-bearer said. “Go ahead; I am with you heart and soul.”
–1 Samuel 14:6-7 NIV
Did you notice the word Jonathan used? Perhaps. Maybe. Following God means walking in uncertainty. It means questions will receive ambiguous answers. Jesus was never direct in His teachings with people but He always invited people to follow Him to find out where He was going.
It takes commitment.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
–Galatians 6:9 NIV
As a church we have gone through a lot of hard times. Some, like the crash of the economy or the current pandemic, were beyond our control. Some happened publicly and some happened internally. There have been many days that we were tempted to quit when we lost money, friends and opportunities. But we stayed committed and God has always been faithful to change and heal lives through our willingness.
There is a cost.
But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”
–Luke 9:62 NLT
There is a cost to following Jesus and often the price to pay is pain. It can be the loss of relationships or your own identity. It can be the loss of goals or dreams, either on a different timeline than you planned or entirely. It can feel like the loss of your own identity as you learn what it means to be dependent on God.
But God is always faithful.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
–Lamentations 3:22-24 ESV
We risked doing church a new way and God has shown us that the way to do church is actually to be the church. We have committed people that God has brought to help us reach even more people for Him. There are new opportunities, relationships and growth happening.
God’s faithfulness teaches us that we can – and should – be faithful as well.
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