Following Jesus is hard
What would it take to make your team fall apart? If the star goes down to injury and can't play another game what does that do to your season? As much as we love the story about an unknown who steps into the star role and leads the team to victory that rarely happens.So what did it mean for the proclaimers of Jesus when the star got put in prison? People had flocked from
see John and hear him. Many were baptized. He was recognized as a
prophet. And then he was gone. Would the rag tag bunch that Jesus
called out of their fishing boats be able to fill in? That rarely
happens ... unless it is Jesus' team. Then it always happens. Jerusalem
As Jesus sends his Church to be his witnesses to the ends of the earth he has done it again and again. Every person with faith in his heart is designed and equipped by God to ideally fill his role as a part of the proclaimers of Jesus' team. That means you too.
It is easy to come up with reasons why you are not up to the task. It is easy to see all kinds of obstacles that will get in your way. It is easy to use your sin as an excuse. But Jesus has taken care of all of that. He paid for you, forgave you, called you and set you apart for this role and task. You don't need to know exactly what you will do or how God will use you or when it will happen. “Who” is the most important question. You are called by Jesus. That's all you need to know to jump to your task "at once."