Ozzie Chambers writes, "Have you ever heard the Master say a hard word? If you have not, I question whether you have heard Him say anything." I am reminded today of how destructive and abrasive the words of Jesus should be to our lives. Most of Jesus' words and commands should be wrecking our lives. We are to obey a drastic call to be counter-cultural.
We in America are rich young rulers (Luke 18), and we are being called to many things that are going to be very hard for us to obey. They are difficult because these are not things we are used to and comfortable with. Many of the pursuits...MOST of the pursuits of our culture are not as Jesus has called us to live. Jesus intends to wreck our lives...as they are.
Most of the time, I am a rich young ruler, and I walk away sorrowful because I cannot bring myself to fully follow Jesus. Jesus never comes running after me begging and pleading. Another day my desire will bring me back to Jesus; he will challenge me to something that will require a sacrifice on my part, and I will be faced with a difficult decision as to whether or not to do it.
Some days I follow Jesus; other days I walk away from Him and His command on my life with my head hung low because, once again, I am unable (unwilling) to fully obey and follow.
Jesus has not quite wrecked my life, but He's always trying.