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Friday, May 19, 2017

Think About It

On The Road Again
by Pastor B.J. Knefley

Mid morning and I’m home after having been on the road for several days. A couple of those days were spent camping near the shore of Lake Erie, but last night was different. Last night we camped in a Cabella’s parking lot. We weren’t the only ones, but we were the smallest. Fifth-wheel campers, pull behinds, and large motor homes pulling their cars behind them dotted the area. Me? Well I’m in an older high-top conversion van; sort of my idea of tiny-house living.

Traveling this way causes one to think of how little can a person get by on? No air conditioner when I’m parked; no oven or refrigerator; and a seat that turns into a bed that is just one step above sleeping on rocks. In some sense it reminds me of when Jesus calls people to come follow him. Why? Well simply because when he calls us to do this he means to be willing to leave everything behind. Remember he said that foxes have holes and the birds have nests but he didn’t have a place to rest his head, not even a tent, (Matthew 8:20).

Besides traveling in my van I also backpack and do bicycle trips. Now on those two latter activities I can tell you that less is always better. Although I’m not a minimalist, I do like to go as light as possible. But how much are we willing to give up? Jesus said that if you were going to follow him then he’d be asking you to give up everything. Really? Wow, that’s a lot. Remember when he told one to let the dead bury the dead and to another who wanted to say goodbye to their family that anyone who put his hand to the plow and then looked back wasn’t fit for the Kingdom of God? (Luke 9:57-62). This is some radical stuff.

On the road again means traveling light, after all you can’t take it with you. Following Jesus is the same way. You think you need all the things in life to do that? Nope, he just wants you, not your things. So if he were calling you to go on the road with him, what would you do? Sell everything you had, give the money to the poor and go? Or? Think about it.

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