Deciding to Follow Jesus

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Devotion: Matthew 9:9

I watched the video of a former Buddhist priest singing in Mandarin, “I have decided to follow Jesus.”  He had just lit a fire to all of his wooden gods and posters of formerly worshipped people.  The smoke filled the air, with incense rising toward His new found Savior.

Deciding to follow Jesus in this man’s country, could cost him his very life.  I’m certain he didn’t make the decision lightly.  His family would turn against him and he would be put out of his buddhist community.  When this man and his wife made Jesus their Savior, they knew what it meant; but they wanted Him so badly, they were willing to risk all the consequences.  They boldly sang this amazing song right out in the open.

Here’s the rest of the story.  Two years before, I was privileged to go with a prayer walking team up to the world’s largest buddhist monastery.  We prayed while the monks were doing their horrible guttural chanting. This evil chanting reverberated so loudly as off the surrounding mountains, it shook me to the core of my being.  My missionary friend said, “Libby, It’s as a tinkling cymbal and a sounding brass.” With that strong Word, the fear immediately dissipated.  Climbing to the top of that mountain, we began to sing; I have decided to follow Jesus.  It must have echoed right into the heart of that buddhist priest.

Deciding to follow Jesus may take you to the ends of the earth; or it may take you across the street, to confront a difficult neighbor, with the truth of the gospel.  You must be willing to obey God’s calling on your life.  Deciding to follow Jesus is not comfortable but God will supply all of the courage you will ever need to do His bidding.

In Motion:

Decide to follow Jesus to the ends of the earth, if that is where He wants you to go.  In the center of His will, you will be more fulfilled than you ever thought possible.

 

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