A boy ran by a man standing on the curb. Five minutes later the boy rushed by again, and again, and again. Finally, the man stopped him and asked, “Why are you running in circles, son?” Very indignant, the boy shouted, “I’m not! I’m running away from home!”
“Oh,” said the man, “But you’ve gone around the same block at least five times.”
“I know!” shouted the boy over his shoulder as he started off again. “My mom won’t let me cross the street.”
Bless his heart. The little boy wanted to run away from home, but he couldn’t seem to forget what he had learned there. It was following him. You know, kind of like the gospel of Christ. Once our rebellious hearts hear that we must come to God through Christ Jesus, or not come at all, we have a decision to make. Will we run from the claim of God on our lives, or bow to His authority? Ignoring what we’ve heard just isn’t an option.
So, tell me. Are you running from God? Be honest, at least with yourself. No one knows the truth about you anyway. Unless you consider the Truth Himself.
There are many ways to run. We run before conversion and we run afterwards when God won’t work within our agendas. I’m freshly convinced we must all confront this persistent murmur of our hearts that God has His plan and He can seem startling oblivious to ours— if we want to go on with Jesus, the God Man.
Ask Peter. The Bible records a day when many who had been following Jesus left him, all because of a sermon they didn’t want to hear. Jesus turned to his most intimate friends and asked if they would be leaving also. Peter’s response? “Where else would we go, Lord? You alone have the words of life.”
Without this “you are God and I am not crisis” we won’t go where Jesus is leading. We’ll park or run and I don’t want to do either. See, in following on, Peter was instrumental in leading many to glory. We can do the same.