“After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with Jesus. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?”
Following Jesus Will Be Costly
We have all heard stories of people giving up, walking away, throwing in the towel or quitting. It could be with parents, children, siblings, spouses, friends, family members, coaches, churches, teammates, co-workers, etc.
However, one of the most disheartening verses in the Bible is our verse this morning. You see, Jesus had many people hanging around Him, following Him at a distance, checking Him out from town to town and village to village. They were following Him, but not committed to Him.
Many who were following Him could not believe that He was the Son of the Living God. They not only walked away, but no longer did life with Him ever again. [Read it again below]
“After this many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him.” John 6:66
Wow! I can’t even fathom. I have often wondered how that made Jesus feel? The ultimate rejection from the very people He was getting ready die a brutal death on a rugged cross. Nowhere does it say in scripture that Jesus ran after them. He didn’t.
Sadly, this still happens in our culture today. Some want a little bit of Jesus sprinkled in here and there; however, in reality, they really don’t want much of Him at all, and they definitely don’t want to surrender their lives over to Him. Like I’ve said before, to be a follower of Jesus Christ it will “cost” you something.
So where do you stand today? Are you following Jesus at a distance? Are you not wanting to get to close to Him? Is it to hard and you’re contemplating turning away and no longer walking with Him?
May I remind and encourage you? Jesus is passionately in love with you. He will never violate your free will; however, He is pursuing you with a never-ending love.
Don’t turn back. Don’t walk away. Just dive in and keep following Him.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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