Here’s a bit of Monday advice… Don’t dabble in discipleship! If you’re going to follow Jesus be “all in!”
Those who follow the Lord intermittently are never fulfilled. They “taste” but are never “transformed!” Just about the time the blessings and benefits would accrue they cut out. They’re always chasing cultural rabbits and end up gnawing on bones instead of feeding of beefsteak. They act like confused worldings without a clue. This old Western Montana boy raised in the Rockies near glacier lakes puts it this way… “There is only one way to swim in a mountain lake… GET IN!”
How did Joshua say it to a people who couldn’t make up their mind and ended up wandering 40 years in the wilderness… “Now therefore fear [reverence] the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and faithfulness… And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve!” Elijah the prophet declared… “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, then follow him!” (1 Kings 18:21)
The thing that prompted this reflection today, though, was my Bible reading during “coffee with the Lord” in 1 Samuel 7. Israel, God’s chosen people, had just come out of a period of moral and spiritual morass… Things were a mess… They gave lip service to Jehovah, but sacrificed their children to the Baals. In a pinch they would call out to God but sleep around with the cult prostitutes of pagan deities. They abandoned the 10 commandments and instead “everyone did that which was right in their own eyes” (and reaped the moral mess that created!) What was up – was down; what was black –became white; what was wrong – became right. It got so bad they finally begged Samuel to intercede for them to Jehovah… (You need to read the whole chapter in your Bible!) Here’s what Samuel told them… “If you are returning to the Lord with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods… and direct your heart to the Lord and serve Him only, and he will deliver you!” They did! And the Lord gave them a wonderful, supernatural victory!
So here I go one more time with Monday advice… “Com’on! Don’t dabble in discipleship! If you’re going to follow the Lord be ‘all in’!” Let me tell you, I intend to be!