“Yes— But . . .!”

Lord, I will follow You, but . . . —Luke 9:61

Suppose God tells you to do something that is an enormous test of your common sense, totally going against it. What will you do? Will you hold back? If you get into the habit of doing something physically, you will do it every time you are tested until you break the habit through sheer determination. And the same is true spiritually. Again and again you will come right up to what Jesus wants, but every time you will turn back at the true point of testing, until you are determined to abandon yourself to God in total surrender. Yet we tend to say, “Yes, but— suppose I do obey God in this matter, what about . . . ?” Or we say, “Yes, I will obey God if what He asks of me doesn’t go against my common sense, but don’t ask me to take a step in the dark.”

Jesus Christ demands the same unrestrained, adventurous spirit in those who have placed their trust in Him that the natural man exhibits. If a person is ever going to do anything worthwhile, there will be times when he must risk everything by his leap in the dark. In the spiritual realm, Jesus Christ demands that you risk everything you hold on to or believe through common sense, and leap by faith into what He says. Once you obey, you will immediately find that what He says is as solidly consistent as common sense.

By the test of common sense, Jesus Christ’s statements may seem mad, but when you test them by the trial of faith, your findings will fill your spirit with the awesome fact that they are the very words of God. Trust completely in God, and when He brings you to a new opportunity of adventure, offering it to you, see that you take it. We act like pagans in a crisis— only one out of an entire crowd is daring enough to invest his faith in the character of God.

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

Faith is not about doing the things that seem comfortable to us.  Faith is about going out of your way.  The woman with the issue of blood, left her home to find Jesus.  She braved the jostling crowd, was on the dusty ground with her hand outstretched to touch the hem of His robe.  Faith is the persistent mother who wanted healing for her daughter.  She refused to back down.  Faith is the blind man who shouted out to Jesus, refusing to let the crowd quiet him.  Faith is stepping up and out.  It’s putting yourself on the line because you trust God.  No one, Yes, Lord, I will follow you but…” or “I will do anything You ask, except this…”  No more hesitations or excuses.  Remember that it is God who is asking you to step out in faith.  He would never ask you to do anything that is wrong.

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