Over It

It's been 8 weeks now that we have been under our lockdown. At first it was a novelty, next it became a challenge, then it became the new routine, and now it is time to be done. None of us were thinking this would be the rest of our lives when we went into this epidemic, but on the other hand we knew it would be a long haul. Now that it has been 8 weeks many of us are over it.


Now, I'm not saying "taking our rifles to the state capital" over it, but ready to get back to some semblance of what life was B.C. (Before Covid) Kids are crying out for baseball and softball. Families are ready to strike out on vacations. People are desiring to get back to their jobs that once were a drudgery but are now the most fulfilling work on the earth. People who want to see family and friends. Wanting to go to the store without wearing or seeing others wearing masks. Wanting to walk up and shake someone's hand or give them a hug.


Are you over it? I am.


There is one thing I never want to be over with. That is my relationship with Jesus Christ.


Unfortunately there are those who come to follow Jesus who eventually get to the point where they are over it. 8 weeks, 8 months, 8 years in and they say, "Enough. I'm done." They become discontent, disillusioned, or discouraged and they walk away. It has happened since Jesus first began telling people, "Come, follow me." He asked too much. He didn't meet their expectations. So they went back to their old life.


One instance of this was the large crowd that Jesus taught and then miraculously fed with 5 loaves and 2 fish. They were excited by this great teacher who would feed their bellies. And they hunted him down because they wanted him to become their king. When he refused and told them that he hadn't come to fill their bellies but instead to give them spiritual food it says that "many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him." (John 6:66) They had an expectation of Jesus that was of their own making. As a result, they walked away. They were over it.


Jesus then turned to the twelve and asked, "'You don't want to go away too, do you?' Simon Peter answered, 'Lord, who will we go to? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.'" (John 6:67-69) You see Peter and the other disciples had watched and listened and seen who Jesus really was. They hadn't created a savior, they had discovered THE Savior. And now that they knew who He was, there was nowhere else they would rather be. No one else they would rather follow.


Ever.


I am with Peter. Where else is there for me to go? Nowhere. I have come to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. I will never be over that. In fact I will cling to it with all that I have.


My prayer is that you will never be over it when it comes to your life in Christ. That while there are many things in this world that you may tire of or want to be done with, that Jesus is the one thing, the one person that you never walk away from.


Doug

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