This past week, we concluded our sermon series on Kyle Idelman’s book Not A Fan. Watch the complete series by going to our website, www.otleychurch.org
One of my favorite animals ever was my cousin's dog, Baxter. Baxter was the sweetest cairn terrier ever. He may have been incredibly dumb consuming everything from rocks to pills, but he was incredibly loving. Whenever we were at the dinner table at the Donkersloots, Baxter would be in constant “roam” mode around the table. There was no “5-second rule” at the Donkersloots because Baxter would have that scrap nearly before it got to the floor. Our cats, Minnie and Moana, will typically wait until we are done before they will scavenge for food. The irony in it is that many times they end up with an upset stomach because they eat “people food” which is not meant for them and they end up sick.
As we discussed on Sunday, Jesus was constantly being followed by the crowd. They were looking for a free meal. They were looking for a show. They wanted something spectacular to happen. Jesus, sensing, that the people were merely following him for superficial reasons challenges them to look inside themselves. Why are they following him? Were they following him for some more barley bread and a little fish? Were they looking for the next miracle or were they following him because they lived through the words he was proclaiming?
I don’t know why you are following Christ and while there are many benefits to following Christ, there is an incredible cost as well. The road toward heaven may not be an easy journey, but it is a joyful one filled with hope and opportunity.
As we think about ourselves, I want to ask us this question: why am I following Christ? Are we following him (so that) intent on receiving eternal life? Are we following him hoping that he will fix our current dilemma? Are we following him so that he can improve our social status in the community? Are we following him because it is what our family does? Or are we following him as a thankful response? Consider the words of Psalm 95:2-3, “Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 3 For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”
As you go through your week, I’d encourage you to also meditate on this scripture Psalm 34:8-10. “8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”
Let us follow him because HE himself satisfies our souls.
Bread of Life,
Thank you for satisfying my soul. Forgive me for trying to fill myself with that which will not satisfy. Open my heart to praise you for who you are and the forgiveness I’ve been granted instead of focusing on what you can do for me. Help me to serve, surrender, and follow.