On Wednesday I had a situation happen where I was tested in my willingness to follow a Christ-like conviction. I picked up my kids from a half-day of school in order to take them to lunch. As they jumped in the car, I was met with two incredibly disappointed faces. Apparently they had made their own lunch plans with their friends and I was royally messing that up. So I called their friends' Mom and we arranged for our two families to have lunch together. As I'm driving to Chik-Fil-A, I panic and realize that I'm on my way to a lunch where it's me, this mom and our kids.....Not good.
One of the convictions that has been handed down to me by wise mentors is 'to never be alone with a person of the opposite sex.' So as I'm driving I panic and frantically try to figure out how I can get out of this awkward situation. I had no choice but to call this Mom and explain to her my conviction. Thankfully, she understood. I ended up dropping my kids off and then going over to Kroger across the street where I ate lunch by myself. As awkward and lonely as my little lunch was, I was reminded of the daily cost of following Christ and avoiding the temptation to compromise.
John Bevere comments that 'in God’s eyes, partial or selective obedience is the same as rebellion to His authority. It is the evidence of a lack of the fear of God.' There will be times in our life when we have to follow God and it's awkward, hard, lonely, and scary. There will be many times when there is a tremendous cost to follow Jesus and the people all around us won't understand. I am reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 19:29, "29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will have eternal life."
So when our obedience is tested today, let's trust Jesus. He is faithful.