I’m writing this blog post on Thursday but it will post on Saturday. As of now the KC Royals are playing every game hoping that the next victory will help them squeeze their way into the post-season. The Chiefs are off to their best start in recent memory with a great chance to knock out their new coach’s former team. It’s a great time to be a fan of KC sports.
I suppose it’s a great time to be a fan of Jesus as well. After all, He conquered the greatest enemy of all – death! And while we may “share” in the Royals’ or Chiefs’ victory through the window of our televisions, we can only share Jesus’ victory if we follow Him. And following Jesus is hard! While being a fan of Jesus might be socially acceptable, following Jesus isn’t. In fact Jesus himself said that if we follow him, the people will despise us.
“And all nations will hate you because you are my followers. But everyone who endures to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22
“Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master. And since I, the master of the household, have been called the prince of demons, the members of my household will be called by even worse names.” Matthew 10:25
It seems to me that we are in the middle of a message series that approaches those teachings of Jesus which the crowd considered to be too difficult to understand and/or follow. John records in chapter 6 that many, in fact, turned away. Remember that these are the same people who ate the miracle fish and bread meal earlier in the chapter. It very well may be that this series offers a turning point for all of us who listen. What if we find the cost of being a follower to high? What if we discover that we prefer what is socially acceptable rather than obedience?
“If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23