“Calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, ‘Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat; I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to saving yourself, your true self. What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?'” (Mark 8:34-37).
God is not your co-pilot. If He is, it’s time to switch seats.
But enough of cliches. This is the gospel. It’s not about prosperity and happiness. It’s about following Jesus, no matter what, even if it hurts.
Sometimes where Jesus leads is pleasant, but not always.
Sometimes, it feels good to follow Jesus, but sometimes it feels like swimming against the current.
Sometimes, you’ll really feel like saying yes to whatever Jesus asks of you, but sometimes you will have to say yes when your feelings are saying no.
It’s about letting Jesus lead, wherever He takes you and through whatever He brings you.
As much as I love my comfort and convenience, that’s not the road that Jesus took.
His road was marked with suffering and pain.
His road was definitely the road less traveled, the narrow road that few find that leads to life eternal.
His road was the road that led to you and me in our worst moments, where He invited us to follow and find out what a different and better life could look like.
What good would it do me to get everything I’ve ever wanted and dreamed about, everything on my Amazon wish list, everything on my bucket list, and lose my soul in the process?
If I have everything else and no Jesus, I have nothing. If I have nothing else but Jesus, I have everything.