“I am part of a fellowship group at church,” Stan began on morning.
Continuing, he said, “We are having a weekend retreat next month, with a fabulous speaker who should make a big difference in a lot of lives. Maybe even some eternal destinations.”
“Sounds great,” I replied.
“Should be,” Stan said. “I invited my neighbor. He is a fairly new Christian and I know it would be a good time for him if he is open to listening.”
“Is he going to go?” I asked.
“Don’t know,” Stan responded, “but I do know that his first question about it was not a very good sign.”
“Why? What did he say?”
“He wanted to know where we would be staying,” Stan responded.
“What was wrong with that?” I asked.
“Maybe nothing,” Stan replied, “but it reminded me of an incident recorded in Matthew’s gospel where Jesus responded to a fellow who told Him he would follow Jesus wherever He went.”
“What was Jesus’ response to him?” I replied.
“Jesus told the fellow that He, Jesus, had no place to rest His head, meaning, I think, that if this fellow was serious about following Jesus, he needed to be prepared to stay wherever might be available even though it might not be too comfortable.”
“The important part,” Stan continued, “as I see this, is that I am to follow Jesus wherever He leads and that may or may not mean a lack of creature comforts. The important part is to be with Him regardless of where it is.”
And a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” Matthew 8:19, 20.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want me to follow you wherever you lead. I confess that too often I have been reluctant to follow you because it might lead to some discomfort for me. Please forgive me and please help me to get myself out of your way so I choose to truly follow you wherever and whenever you lead. Help me to not take anything into account except the fabulous opportunity of being with you, setting aside everything else. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.