Explorer Ernest Shackleton placed the above recruitment ad in the newspaper to enlist men for his 1914 journey to the South Pole. He was not exaggerating. The journey was dangerous and their ship was trapped in ice and crushed, stranding the men. It took over a year, but Shackleton led all of his men to safety.
As we mentioned in the last post, our natural tendency is to gravitate towards the safe and comfortable. The reality, however, is that people who choose the safe life don’t leave a mark or make an impact on the world around them. If Jesus had chosen the safe path, He would have avoided the cross. He could have preached a message that did not offend those in power. He could have conformed to the religious and social norms of His day. It would have been safer but it would not have had the same impact.
In the recent History Channel series, “The Bible,” the scene where Jesus called Simon Peter was powerful. Jesus was in the boat with Peter and he had just landed a miraculous catch of fish. Jesus then told Peter, “I want to make you a fisher of men.”
Peter’s response was, “What are we going to do?”
Jesus replied, “We are going to change the world.”
Changing the world cost Jesus and Peter everything. Are we willing to pay that price?
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