Go Ahead, Run from Jesus.

 

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“How briefly Your holy people possessed Your holy place, and now our enemies have destroyed it. Sometimes it seems as though we never belonged to You, as though we had never been known as Your people.”
Isaiah 63:18-19

Relate this to our salvation, our lives, and isn’t it the same? We say yes to Jesus. On fire. Fueled. Refreshed. Passionate. Motivated. Confident.
And then life comes, the enemy begins throwing things at you to destroy you, your walk, your faith, your reputation, but most importantly to curse God and stop following Him –
to “seem as though you never belonged to Him, as though you had never been His.”

But the beautiful thing is we live “post Jesus.” Jesus took care of it all on the cross. And I’m here to tell you, that if you truly know Jesus, that if you really have a relationship with Him, if you really are a son or daughter of the King, if you have experienced life, the saving grace of the cross, if you are no longer dead, but instead have everlasting life, that no matter how far you run, no matter how hard you try “to seem like you never belonged to Him,” He will not let the enemy destroy you, God will never stop pursuing you. And WHEN you turn back to Him, because you will, because you are a child of God at your core and a have a new heart that only beats for Jesus, your relationship with Jesus will have only gotten sweeter.

Now, you’re wondering, how am I so sure? How am I so confident that you will turn back and everything with Jesus will be better? Because I’ve lived it. I went from following Jesus with everything in me, to running as far as I possibly could in an instance. So, I get it. Life sucks. You don’t understand. Lost hope. Given up. Pissed. Hurt. Upset. Betrayed. Lost. I get it. I’ve been there, actually, sometimes, I’m still there. But Godis gracious and He reminds me that I am His child. He reminds me of the purpose He has put over my life. He reminds me of how He loves and how He will never stop pursuing. Ever.

So, child, I tell you, go ahead and run, but remember at the end of the day you will come back to your Father with open arms. So why not just start in that direction today?

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!”
Ephesians 2:4-5

Hesitation

 

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Hesitation. Something we as christians have gotten so good at. Something we’re so good at, that when God tells us to do something we hesitate, we talk back, we throw out excuses why we can’t or why it’s a bad idea. Hesitation is a bad idea. Hesitation causes us to miss out on what God wants to do through us. Hesitation causes someone else to reap the blessings that were meant for us.

There are so many instances in the Bible where we see what no hesitation looks like.

Isaiah 6 verse 8 says,

“Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, ‘Here I am. Send me.’”

There was no hesitation from Isaiah. He saw how big and holy the Lord was and his only response was “Here I am. Send me.”

Matthew 4:18-22 says,

“As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen. “Follow Me,” He told them, “and I will make you fish for people! ” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him. Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.”

In both instances there is one word in common, immediately. Once again, no hesitation. Jesus said “Follow Me.” and they did. The left all they knew. Their way of life. Their families and friends. With no hesitation. They left – immediately – and followed Jesus.

Matthew 9:9 says,

“As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office, and He said to him, “Follow Me! ” So he got up and followed Him.”

Once again, no hesitation. Do we see Matthew saying, “But Lord what about my job? What about my family? What about my life? I can’t right now. I have this planned tonight.” No, absolutely not. Jesus said “Follow Me.” So he gets up and follows Jesus.

Here’s the truth of the matter, they got it right, sure they made mistakes later on, but in that moment they got it. They got it right. Because truthfully the only response to Jesus when He says “Follow Me” is to get up and follow. To say “I’m here Jesus. I’m coming. You can send me.” And anything less than running after Him when He says “come” is a no. No Jesus, because I have something that I believe is better than You.

In essence that’s what you’re saying when you tell Him anything other than a yes.

So today my prayer for you (and most certainly myself) is that we stop hesitating. We stop throwing up excuses and say, “Yes Lord. Send me. I’m right behind You and I’m trusting You to guide me wherever You need me.”