Monday, November 3, 2014

Interference!



John 3:1-3 (NLT) There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee.  After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus.  “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you to teach us.  Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.”  Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

Have you ever been pressured to change your mind?

I recently applauded Levi, who left his lucrative, corrupt tax collecting job, changed his life, and became Matthew the disciple.  Readers responded:  I have a career.  It would be irresponsible to leave.  There are different levels of commitment.  The life of a disciple is not for everyone.

My softer, follow-up post reassured readers that it’s not necessary to drop everything to follow Jesus; discipleship is possible right in your current circumstances.  This is true, but incomplete.  “Follow me” requires change.

In today’s scripture story, sneaky Nicodemus professes his belief to Jesus at night because he values his day job as a religious leader.  Remember, the Pharisees were opposed to Jesus and sought to kill him.  Jesus says entering the Kingdom demands a completely new life.  He wants committed followers, not secret admirers.  Action, not words.

As Kyle Idleman says in Not a Fan, “There is no way to follow Jesus without him interfering with your life.  Following Jesus will cost you something.”

Does Jesus interfere with your life? (tweet this)

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