Yesterday, while sitting in church, I received the greatest word picture of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Our pastor told a story and at the end gave this analogy…
It’s like you’re on a train. You’ve bought your ticket and had it punched. Now you’re on the train as it speeds down the tracks and you’ve got no control. You are going where the train goes – there is no stopping it, and no turning back. The people on the platform may sympathize for a moment and then move on – but for you, this is life. This is it!
Saying yes to God isn’t an easy thing to do. Surrender never is. It’s a sacrifice – a giving up of our own desires. When we choose to become a follower of Jesus Christ we are saying that we will go wherever He sends us. We’ll do whatever he asks. We go where He is. That’s not always easy – and rarely glamorous.
He is usually found …
- In the slums of Manila with the wife trying to find clean water for her family
- Sitting with the old homeless man who we pass by every day
- Comforting the grieving widow
- Reaching out to the angry teen
- Spending time with the lonely single mother
- In an orphanage in a 3rd world country – wrapping His arms around the malnourished orphan
And while He’s there – loving on those who WE should be loving on too – His Spirit is on the move. Pressing on the hearts of those who call themselves His follower. Asking a question. “Who will I send?” May we always answer with Isaiah, “Here I am Lord. Send me!”
Let’s get our ticket punched, get on the train, and go – no turning back!