Jesus spent his life tearing apart people’s plans for their lives, and giving them so much more. He started with the disciples. None of them were scholars, diplomats, or even really religious. They All had plans for their lives and their family that had nothing to do with traveling, religious study, or Jesus.
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20At once they left their nets and followed him. 21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”
We don’t know how every disciple was called but we do know several. As you can see, none of them even expected to meet Jesus the day they were called. These 12 men left their homes, their family, and their income to follow Jesus. Most people would have looked down on them for deserting or uprooting their families. They would have been looked at as crazy, and any social status they might have had, would have been whipped away.
This is a key for what Jesus has planed. He has to get rid of everything you have worked for, so that you have to rely on God. When you have nothing else, you have nothing else to hold on to. When you let him in, you will start to notice little things that didn’t bother you before have become an annoyance. It’s like Jesus, once in your heart, is going around with a stack of sticky notes with numbers on them. As he looks around he sees something he doesn’t like and puts #1 on it, then #2 on the next and so on. He will then start convicting you of these things. Convicting, how Jesus convicts, is not the same as what we do in court. Courts tell you, you were wrong, and then punish you. Jesus, on the other hand, just keeps telling you this is wrong, and makes you feel bad for doing it. No punishment, no yelling, just gentile love guiding you back to where you were. It’s like the feeling, when you were little, when you disappointed you parents. They may not have punished you, but the mere fact that they were hurt by your actions was enough to make you stop.
So, why does he have to take everything we have worked for? Why do we have to give up our hopes and dreams? It’s not like he doesn’t want us to have everything we have ever wanted. He wants to give the whole word to us, but if he would do just that, we would begin to believe we deserve it, and why would we need to have a relationship with God if he is going to give us what ever we want. Then, what would happen when two people wished for opposite things, who would get their wish? The only way to do it is to have God do it on his terms. When you start a remodeling job in your house, the first thing you do is make a plan, Gods plan was Jesus, then start demolition. The reason is clear, if you put your new stuff on top of your old stuff, not only is your room going to look horrific, it will get real small real quick. All your stuff will soon be closing in on you so much that you can’t move. This is what happens in our hearts when we try to hold on to the worldly things. There is never enough things, yet there is never enough room either. When we get rid of all those things, we begin to have so much room we don’t know what to do. That is when Jesus fills us up. The more room you have for Jesus, the more of him you get. Just like before, you can never get enough, but with him, there is always more room for you to get more.
What do we have to give up? Everything that isn’t given by him. Anything that you have worked for and done by your power will give you pride. Pride is the ultimate thing that has to go, and as long as you have those things, you will have it. There is no other way, either things rule you or God. You can’t have both. Don’t run out and give away everything you have, He will have you give So let go of your life so that God can have it, he can do much more with it than you can.
Your Challenge This Week: Be a quitter
Stop doing those things that you know he is telling to stop doing. Let him do some spring cleaning, no matter what season it is.