Luke 5:27-28 (NIV) – After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.
“We know that Israel, in saying that no [to the world], did not miraculously return to Eden and live in primitive innocence, or mystically inhabit a heavenly city and live in supernatural ecstasy. They worked and played, suffered and sinned in the world as everyone else did, and as Christians still do. But they were now going someplace—they were going to God. The truth of God explained their lives, the grace of God fulfilled their lives, the forgiveness of God renewed their lives, the love of God blessed their lives. The no released them to a freedom that was diverse and glorious… In all these immigrant stories there are mixed parts of escape and adventure… Every Christian has some variation on this immigrant plot to tell.” [Eugene Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction]
Is there a person that you look up to who has been on this Christian journey longer than you? What about that person and his/her life that inspires you?
What are the moments of major relocation that God had led you through in the past? Is God leading you through a moment like that now? Let’s step into this adventure together in prayer.
Our “no” to this world takes us on an adventure that many have walked before us without regret. Let’s worship to “Endless Alleluia” (click here) by Bethel Music.