Good morning Father, Son, and Spirit, I claim your presence in my life as I begin my week so I can impact those I meet this with your love and grace.

“They were on the way, going up to Jerusalem. Jesus was going ahead of them, and they were amazed, but those who followed were afraid…” (Mark 10:32)

“But those who followed were afraid…” When was the last time you were afraid to follow Jesus?  When was the last time you made a decision to follow Jesus knowing it would cost you something?  When was the last time you obeyed His call to follow knowing it would be hard, difficult, uncomfortable and you would not get anything out of it but the satisfaction of being obedient?

We in America live and worship in a form of “ comfortable church” and easy discipleship that is absence of fear. We follow Jesus to comfortable worship buildings and Sunday school classrooms with comfortable chairs and AC.  We follow Jesus to Wednesday night suppers.  And we follow Jesus not with the His understanding that "church" is walking in public confronting and encountering others with the Gospel, but by isolating ourselves from our community and driving in comfortable cars, listening to Casting Crowns, drinking Starbucks and insulating ourselves from those who are around  us in the cars and homes we are passing, to go to a safe and comfortable "church."  

Fear does not enter into our decision not to follow Jesus, comfort does.  Asking the question, "When was the last time you did not follow Jesus out of fear?" may not be applicable to us.  However the question, "When was that last time you did not follow Jesus for lack of comfort?, does apply to most of us.   If it is raining outside, we stay home.  If we had a hard day at work, we stay home.  If we just don’t feel like it today, we stay home.

We don’t talk to people we encounter in our work day about Jesus because it makes us “uncomfortable.” We don’t know our neighbors and invite them into our relationship with Jesus because it make us uncomfortable. Yet those people actually attend your "church", those you meet along along the way as you follow Jesus.  Read Mark 10:32 again.  "Church" was those those they met along the way as they followed Jesus.

My family, I pray as you follow Jesus on your way today,  you follow Him in a way that makes you afraid, or at least makes you uncomfortable.  In Jesus' name! Please pray the same for me.  God bless you my friends!

Please share your thoughts and reflections in the comment box below.

Gary Liederbach- Lead Follower

One Direction Community

Email: garyl@onedirection.community

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