In order to follow Jesus, we must be willing and ready to go (or stay put) whenever and wherever He leads. It's part of the deal.

This is usually where our hesitation kicks into high-gear. It’s easy to follow Jesus when He’s leading us somewhere we like. But what about when He calls us somewhere unfamiliar, scary, or down-right undesirable? What about when the "timing isn’t good"?

In Luke 9, we see some people who are very zealous to follow Jesus… that is, of course, until they count the cost.

“As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, ‘I will follow You wherever You go.’ And 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.’ (v. 58)

What if Jesus called us to a homeless existence? Would we be as willing without a soft bed to lay our heads on at night?

“And He said to another, ‘Follow Me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.’ But He said to him,‘Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.’ (v.60)

Ouch. That pill is a little more hard to swallow. Actually, a lot more.

We could be tempted to say, "mean Jesus! Don't you understand?!" But here's the thing: if it was left up to our own personal timeline, we’d plan our lives away without ever actually doing the thing God has told us to do.

Thankfully, we serve a God who passionately pursues us, no matter how hard-headed we can be.

“Another also said, ‘I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.’ But Jesus said to him,‘No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.’ (vv.61-62)

Double ouch.

God requires a reckless abandonment to His call. We must ready and willing to follow Him , any time, any place, and under any circumstance.

Do you find yourself open to God’s leadership, regardless of where it leads or what it leads to? What do you think about His reaction to the men He met on the road? What would you do if you were them? Would you be willing to go when the stakes were so high?

Sometime before we moved to Mexico, Wade and I were convicted by the Lord to not put ourselves in a position where, if called, we would not be willing or able to drop everything and follow Him anywhere. For that reason, we rolled up the house plans we had drawn up. It was a hard thing to give up; but in that obedience, we gained freedom. We are free to go where He leads, and free to stay when He tells us to.

Eliminate Excuse // Find Freedom. 
Be willing. Be ready.

What are some ways we can practically prepare ourselves to follow Jesus, should He call us to a major life change?  How can we run from the "American Dream" that so often entangles us and run instead towards His kingdom purposes? By making a plan to pay off debt? Living below our means so that we have extra to serve others? Laying our desires at the feet of Jesus and praying for His will and not our own?


This post was originally written in a shorter Life on a Mission mini-series on July 24, 2013. 
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