The Crucial Question: Are you worthy of Jesus?
“Are you worthy of Jesus? Before answering, let’s consider the following story. Elijah goes through the field where Elisha is plowing with twelve yokes of oxen (see 1 Kings 19:19). Passing by, he throws his mantle over Elisha, disrupting life as he knew it. Elisha’s reactions showcased that he understood the importance and beauty of what God was calling him to do.
So, when Elijah asked, “Go back again: for what have I done to thee?” (1 Kings 19:20) Elijah knew his actions would have to outweigh any response he could offer.
How did he react?
He slaughtered the oxen, fed the people, said goodbye to his father and mother, and went to minister to Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:21) and didn’t stop to question if this was his new reality or if God had called him to be a prophet. He recognized the necessity to part with the past and choose God. Aware of his weaknesses, he first dealt with them to surrender in fullness to his calling.
As his name signifies, “God is my wealth” or “to whom God is salvation,” Elisha chose what and who could not be taken from him (see Luke 10:42).
So, Is Jesus your salvation and wealth?
Surrendering to be Found Worthy
Jesus said: “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and the one who loves their son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And the person who doesn’t take up their cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:37-38)
He left no room for interpretation. If we choose anyone over Christ, then we do not deserve to be called His disciples or friend. We are found wanting, not suitable for recognition as one who has been with Christ.
At times, we believe our life more valuable than the treasure in the field (Matthew 13:44), or not worth giving up for the rare, goodly pearl (see Matthew 13:45-46). Jesus calls us to the unknown with Him, not always providing answers to the questions we have. Instead, He warns us, “The person who finds his life will end up losing it, and the person who loses their life for My sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39).
What does He mean by this?
If we live life according to our rules, obeying the lies of our insecurities, and hiding in corners when life gets tough, we’ll willingly walk into hell. In the end, these actions sum up to disobedience. The sad part, however, is that in choosing this path, we forfeit the magnificence of experiencing God’s glory and the splendor of His love!
Instead of gaining anything, we lose everything.
A Moment of Reflection
No person can serve two masters, or supreme authorities (see Matthew 6:24). We either love one and hate the other, for we cannot please the Lord and also please those around us.
So, at this moment, we must ask ourselves:
- Do I value the opinion of anyone more than I do the commands of Christ?
- Is anyone held in higher esteem than Christ in my heart?
- Am I worthy of Christ?
Jesus said that it’s impossible for offenses to not come (Luke 17:1). Even John the Baptist, who fulfilled prophecy and prepared the way for the Lord, questioned if Jesus was who He said He was when he sent his disciples to ask the Lord: “Are You the one who should come? Or should we look for someone else?” (Luke 7:19)
Jesus’ response? “Blessed are those who don’t become offended in Me,” or in other words, “the blessing of heaven comes upon those who never lose their faith in Me no matter what happens.” (Luke 7:23 TPT)
A Call to be Found Worthy
When the Lord leads you into a storm, don’t lose heart. He does so because you have “needs of endurance so that after you’ve done the will of God, you might receive the promise. It will only be a moment, and He who will come comes and doesn’t tarry.” (Hebrews 10:36-37)
Now, brethren, “we are not of them who draw back to perdition; but of them, that believe to the saving of the soul.” (Hebrews 10:39) So, choose Christ even if fear grips you by the throat and commands you to fall back. Choose Jesus, for you will only ever be free in His love. (James 1:25)
Be found worthy of Jesus.