Opportunities to Obey
Another time, when he invited a man to come with him and to be his disciple, the man agreed - but wanted to wait until his father's death.
Jesus replied, "Let those without eternal life concern themselves with things like that. Your duty is to come and preach the coming of the Kingdom to all the world."
Another said, "Yes, Lord, I will come, but first let me ask permission of those at home."
But Jesus told him, "Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I have plan for him is not fit for the kingdom of God." Luke 9: 59-62 (TLB)
Jason Koon lives in North Carolina. Several years ago, he worked in sales. His sales partner was an energetic young man fresh out of college. After a few months, he started to become frustrated, "I don't know how to make a dent in our market, " he would say.
One day after hearing his frustrations, Jason told him that since markets are made up of individual accounts they should try to focus on individual customers. They tried this approach and found success.
As Christians, we are also tempted to think in general terms. "Give Jesus your life," we rightly encourage one another. However, what does that mean? How do we actually do that?
Just like a market is made up of individual accounts, our lives are made up of individual moments. In these verses from Luke 9, Jesus challenges us to follow him, even in the midst of the gritty, mundane reality of daily existence. Every moment, every circumstance is an opportunity for obedience.
Focusing on these daily opportunities allows us to break down our commitment to Christ into smaller, more manageable pieces. As we surrender each moment, we find our whole life conforming to God's plan.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to see you in the ordinary moments of daily existence. Show us ways to submit our lives to you and to learn obedience, in Jesus' name. Amen.