One question anyone would have about God or Jesus would be can I trust this person I am following. One thing that Jesus said that I often reflect on is what Jesus said when He first talked with his disciples. He came to them and said “follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. The follow me part is one thing- to follow Jesus where He leads us, but the “I will make you” part is another thing altogether.
Jesus invites us to come to Him. He invites us to follow Him. He loves us immensely and said He will always be with us. Those truths make me feel that yes it is safe to follow Jesus. The “I will make you” part makes me stop to think what does He want. Last Sunday in my class we talked about how Jesus loves us so much He accepts us the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us the way we are. The moment we come to Him and begin to follow Him, He begins the life long process of making us a new person with a new purpose. He will transform us and we will never be the same.
I have experienced this in my own life. When I first began to follow Him, I was a business man and only cared about me and making money. That was in July 1989 when I first rededicated my life to HIM. Now I teach part time and have a ministry part time. My life is so much more full for me now. I make less money and have less things, but my life is full of people from all over the world and I have been able to help people from numerous countries. The old Matt is gone, but the new Matt has a more meaningful life.
It reminds me of a scene from the Chronicles of Narnia when the children asked a question about Aswan the Lion King. They asked “Is he safe?” and the person they were talking to answered “No but he is good”. Jesus does not want to harm us, but the old ways are not safe. He will work in our lives to change us and bring out the best in us. Deciding to follow Him is not a decision to take lightly because there is a cost. We need to realize that we are no longer in control and that Jesus will make us into something we may have never dreamed of. In other words- He is not safe to our old ways, but He is always good.