Has God ever asked you to do something that seemed unreasonable to you? Somehow our contemporary Christian thought has brought us to the place where we believe that following Jesus should always result in comfort, blessing ,prosperity and ease of life. Yet, as we read through the Bible, time after time we see God ask his followers to take risks, make sacrifices and go places that were unknown and perhaps unsafe – all of which goes against all reason and better judgment.
So I ask again, has God ever asked you to do something unreasonable? The Bible tells that we are to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). If God seems to only ask you to do reasonable things, easy things, things you can handle on your own without much or any sacrifice, that is a good indicator that maybe you are choosing to walk only by sight rather than by faith.
In our Men’s Group at CCC we are working our way through “15 Disciple Qualities” that Jesus instilled into his disciples (based on David Schroeder’s book Follow Me, Masterworks ). The first of those qualities is “Teachability.” When Jesus called his first disciples and told them to drop their nets and follow him – by all human standards that was an unreasonable request. But yet they followed. Our teachability will be tested when we are asked by God to do things that run contrary to what we would naturally do and what we could naturally accomplish on our own. In his Follow Me Workbook, Schroeder asks: “What was one unreasonable expectation of you made by your boss or other authority figure? What was your response? Did you demonstrate the quality of teachability?” What great penetrating questions.
You might familiar with the scene in the movie Narnia, when Susan and Lucy, after finding out that Aslan (the Christ figure) is a Lion, ask if he is safe.
To their question, Mr. Beaver responds: “Safe?…Who said anything about being safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
The same can be said of following Jesus. Don’t get me wrong – oh, it’s good: only he can give life full of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Who doesn’t yearn for these things – that is contentment and fullness. But following is not always safe. Following God and walking by faith will without doubt move us out of our comfort zones from time to time. That is what comes with following the King!
So, how will you respond the next time God is unreasonable?