From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Clayton Community Church
Sometimes I wonder if being a Christian leader is worth the hassle. Ministry is difficult— the needs never seem to end. Additionally, Jesus’ ministry makes serious demands on me. His uncompromising approach to truth, discipleship and stewardship can feel unrealistic or, at times, just plain pushy. Maybe I could open up a candy store in Hawaii.
Jesus’ followers asked the same questions after hearing him teach for awhile. After all, eating flesh and drinking blood sounded pretty ghastly. It didn’t dawn on them that Jesus was talking of sharing the way of the cross.
Their response? “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” This is the ultimate human dilemma: Following Jesus is hard, and sometimes it seems it would be easier to just go with the flow. Maybe we could go back to the old way of life—no responsibilities, no boundaries, just do whatever we want for a change. Yet something gnaws at us when we consider the possibility of walking away from Jesus. It certainly was on the mind of Simon Peter when Jesus asked if he wanted to leave as well. “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
When all is said and done, once we have drunk from the cup of Salvation and begun the journey of life transformation, it’s hard to imagine life without Jesus. He gives us purpose, joy, and hope. He has words for us that will change the course of our eternity. How could we not believe in this Holy One of God?
Maybe Jesus’ teachings are hard for you right now. Maybe you are considering taking an “easier road.” Let me just encourage you to reconsider. It’s true—following Jesus is hard, but it’s God Himself who gives us the strength and equips us with the tools to believe and know.
Lord, help me not to give up when the way of Jesus’ teachings get hard. Help me to believe in, and know, your lordship. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dialog discuss: When you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow: The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you today and every day. St.Francis De Sales.