SPRINGFIELD, MO. — In recent weeks I’ve seen believers make remarkable sacrifices. Some have chosen to live in less expensive homes or to postpone buying a new car so they could give more to their church and missions projects. Others have taken pay cuts to follow the call of God on their lives.
In today’s culture, many view material possessions as the ultimate prize. So, why would believers make such sacrifices? Because they believe Jesus is returning soon and they want to do everything they can to proclaim Christ to people who are lost. In other words, they live with an eternal purpose.
Two young couples, in particular, walked away from high-paying corporate careers to serve with an evangelistic outreach. Their decisions left their fellow executives scratching their heads. But, like the disciples 2,000 years ago, they knew Jesus had called them to lay down their careers, titles and 401k’s to follow Him.
Jesus isn’t asking everyone to resign their jobs or to put off buying that special home or car. But, like He asked of Simon Peter in Luke 5:5-11, He does require us to surrender our futures to Him.
Jesus said to Simon Peter, “From now on you will catch men” (NIV).
In response, Simon Peter “pulled [the] boats up on shore, left everything and followed him” (Luke 5:11).
Let me encourage you to ask these two questions: Have you surrendered your future to Jesus? And, is He asking you to leave something behind to follow Him to new places?
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