He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God."
Growing up, one of my dad's favorite sayings was, "Can't do, can't stay". No matter the excuse I offered up, the response was always the same. I eventually learned that he knew better than I did what I was capable of and that he would not expect more from me than I could handle.
Jesus is trying to teach me the same lesson - Trust and Obey, without hesitation or excuse. This "radical" form of obedience is what has led our reps out of the comforts of home and into the darkest, sometimes dangerous places on Earth. They heard Jesus' command to "go and proclaim the Kingdom of God", and they went. There were hundreds of reasons NOT to go, and only one reason TO go.
What is Jesus calling you to do? What are the excuses keeping you from obeying His call? Will you trust and obey?
Please take a moment to pray for our representatives, their families, and those with whom they share the transformational love of Christ.