68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God!” (John 6:68–69 NET)
Like most Americans I have grown accustom to having choices and options in life. When I pump my gas I have multiple options to chose from. When I dine out there are ample choices in both restaurant selection and inside the menu. When I shop there are aisles of the most basic products like shampoo, soap, bread, milk, and laundry detergent. Recently my wife and I decided to look into buying a new mattress. When we arrived at the mattress store I was overwhelmed with the selection. Because I have grown so accustom to having options I am always tempted to be self reliant which causes separation between Christ and myself. I want options in life and I always want to have a plan B, C, D, and if possible E. I really admire the words of Peter in the text above. Jesus has just seen a large portion of his followers walk away after proclaiming a hard teaching. He then asks the Disciples, “Are you going to leave too?” To which Peter says, “Where would we go?” In other words we have no plan B, there is no other option for us, we have put all of our eggs in one basket here. Those who departed the presence of Christ after receiving this difficult teaching differed greatly from the twelve. They still had options. Jobs, family, and homes were waiting for them so leaving was an option. But the twelve had left everything behind to follow Christ. They literally dropped their nets, walked away from the tax booth, and left their families behind for Christ. Christ was their only option so they stuck it out! Even though they had no escape they were still safe, after all is there any safer place than with Jesus? We should make it our aim to forsake everything but Christ, otherwise it is far to easy to walk away when the road gets narrow and rough.
Take time right now to pray and ask God to help you sell out and follow him to the place where you have no other option in life. Even though there is no escape I promise it is a wonderful place to be.