Peter was fishing. "Follow Me" Jesus said. James and John were fishing. "Follow Me."
Jesus found Phillip. "Follow Me." He saw Levi at the tax collector's booth. "Follow Me." Each left what they were doing, and followed Jesus.
Their daily business was interrupted. What were the responses of these men? "They left their nets and followed Him." Others "left their father in the boat with the hired servants and rose and followed Him." Jesus called the tax collector, and "leaving everything(his tax booth), he rose and followed Him." All of their lives interrupted, they followed Jesus.
However, this was not the case for everyone. In Luke 9:57 one individual voluntarily said to Jesus "I will follow you wherever you go". Jesus made clear to the man that it would be a life of sacrifice and challenges to follow Him. "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." Jesus wasn't hinting for a place to crash, but was telling this man that following Him would mean interruption of ease and comfort. Jesus called another man to Himself, "Follow Me", and the man realized that this would interrupt his plans. "Lord, first let me bury my father". Jesus knew that this man was not ready to follow, making excuses. Another cried out "I will follow you, BUT...let me say farewell to those at my home.". Jesus let these men know that following Him meant interruption, cost, and commitment. Some were joyfully interrupted, others would not have it.
Are you willing to be interrupted, to have your life as it is now,interrupted? When Jesus calls you to follow Him, things change, lives are interrupted, and there is cost. But Christ does not call us to follow Him in misery!
He is the great Savior and friend of man. He alone is the path of true joy and peace.
So then, are you ready to be interrupted in 2011? Things will change. You will change. First step of following Him? Read His life story, the gospel of John. Now that's a great New Year challenge.
Happy New Year!