To this point in Jesus ministry, He was a rock star. The miracles, the messages and the meals–all drew large crowds and incredible fanfare. But, Jesus never intended to be a rock star. He wanted to give the people a true picture of God and offer them the opportunity to be back in relationship with God on a personal basis. Sadly, as is often the case, many of the followers did so because they wanted Jesus to be a rock star. So after he explained that following him would have a cost, and that the journey was not about the miracles or meals–many of the “followers” left.
The Twelve, however, were different. They followed Jesus–at his personal call. They knew they had no other place to be, where they would fit. When faced with that choice, they knew the road ahead would be challenging, but, they also knew they would not be happy anywhere else.
In our lives, we are like the 12. We are called to follow him. Once there, we have no other place to go. One of the most miserable places to be, as a child of God, is out of fellowship with him. The world sees us as a hypocrite, the other believers simply see your misery. The only place we are comfortable and complete is humbly following him. When we do humbly follow, we are able to face each trial and know that the journey will be full and meaningful–because HE is in charge. As the great Hymn proclaims, “Trust and Obey, for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey!” It is a great place to be, when you’ve no place else to go.
God Bless You
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit[e] and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”
66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.
67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”
70 Then Jesus replied, “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!”