Scripture – John 6:68
“Lord, to whom shall we go?”
A true follower of Jesus has abandoned all other avenues of life. He echoes this question, “to whom shall I go?”, in his heart.
Every day there seems to be a new thing, a new idea, a new published understanding of spirituality, a new financial opportunity…if we aren’t sold out 100% that Jesus is the ONLY way no matter what life throws at us, the chances are our hearts will gradually dim and grow cold, causing us to walk away.
In my own life I have had friends make the decision to walk away and try something else. It must have been absolutely demoralizing for the Twelve to watch scores of people who had seen the same things they’d seen, walk the roads they’d walked, just turn their backs and walk away from Jesus. I’m sure many of those leaving tried to talk some of the Twelve into leaving too, being told that they’re living in a fantasy world, that it was too good to be true, and that they should settle down, get a job and end their season of living out their enthusiastic idealism as young people.
This concept is alive today. It is socially acceptable to chase after the dream of ending world hunger or saving the whales when you’re in college but eventually everyone is expected to get the house, the car, the 2.4 kids and the 401k. It’s nice to have some fun memories of those “crazy” times when we were footloose and fancy free, right?
Following Jesus can be like that. Once you get into your mid-twenties, your zeal and passion is “supposed” to wane…churches are full of people in their 40s and 50s who remember their crazy years passionate for Jesus, but now if they’re honest, rely on their credit card and their TV for most of life’s provision and excitement.
I want this to be the cry of my heart and the cry of my family – “to whom shall we go, if not straight to Jesus?”
When I accepted Jesus in college, I decided to walk through a door never to return. Jesus was my only option. He was the only way. He still is.
Father, you are the only way. Forever. Amen.