THE STORY OF JESUS: 2 Samuel 14-17
“Wherever you go, if it means life or death, there will your servant be.” (2 Samuel 15:21)
Our reading raises the issue of choosing sides, and what happens with that choice.
By choosing to follow David, these people were sacrificing everything.
Following David meant going into the wilderness.
It meant being aliens in their homeland, and the target of curses and death threats.
As a Jesus-follower, we have signed on to follow wherever our Lord may be.
And where does the Lord lead us, but in paths of humility and weakness.
His path involves love, compassion, forgiveness, serving others including enemies.
His path puts comfort and safety aside to focus on loving God and others.
We say we want to be wherever Jesus is — do we really?
Jesus does not hide in the church bubble, He lives in the midst of human misery.
Jesus does not run away from suffering and sacrifice, He enters it for love’s sake.
Following Jesus is not easy, but it is right and good… and the only way to LIFE.
I wonder whether it would help to make these words a part of our profession of faith.
“Wherever You go, if it means life or death, there will your servant be.” (2 Samuel 15:21)
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, is this what I have committed to, is this what I meant when I chose to follow You? If not, it should be. And if so, how am I doing? Am I really following You into the places You are?