All Christians have days when we wrestle in our hearts and consider going to the things of the world to satisfy. This can be especially true when we go through times of trial and testing. There have been days when I am doing what I know God has commanded and called me to do to only come up against frustration after frustration. It is in these times where I am tempted to look at the apparent ease and comfort in which most of the western world lives and think to myself, “I need that.” In fact, I go a step beyond that and think, “I deserve that. God, Why have you given that to them? They are probably a sinner. I am your servant. Why am I not blessed like they are?”
Oh, how shallow and selfish this thinking is. The Holy Spirit is always compassionate with me and brings truth to my memory. He reminds me that Following Christ is Hard, but Where Else Am I Going to Go? He reminds me of the temporary pleasure of sin and of the permanent states of eternity.
In John 6, following Jesus’ discourse on eating his flesh and drinking His blood, many who were following Jesus for the wrong reasons said among themselves, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” (John 6:60) Jesus explained his message more thoroughly, but “after this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him.” (John 6:66)
Christ says hard things. Christ calls us to do hard things. But Christ is not calling us to anything he has not modeled for us. If anyone deserves the accolades of this world, it is the Holy Son of God. Who are we to question His ways?
So, how do we continue to follow after Christ when the world, our flesh, and satan throws every lie and temptation at us? How do we follow after Christ when it seems foolish? We must remember:
1. Jesus Holds the Words of Eternal Life.
2. Jesus is the Holy One of God.
If Christ was just a man, then we are foolish to be giving up the things of this world to follow Him. But because Christ holds the words of eternal life and because He is the Holy One of God, we must follow Him. He possesses all and is all. Where else can we go?