One of the things that I’ve been blessed by as the pastor of Asbury has been the number of military men and women that I’ve been blessed enough to serve as their pastor.
And one of the common refrains I’ve heard from comes from making choices about what to do in leadership. What decision should they make. What road should they choose? What path should they walk down? I’ve heard them over and over again say these words – always choose the hard right over the easy wrong.
What does that mean? Always do what’s right even if it’s the harder option. Sometimes (most times) what is easiest isn’t always right.
What does that have to do with scripture? Listen to what Jesus tells the disciples today in John 6: 66-69:
After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
Maybe they should turn back. Maybe they should go home. Maybe they should walk away.
That would be easier.
So, Jesus asks, would they leave too. And Peter says Lord, where can we go? You have life. You are life. You are truth. Where could we go?
Quitting would have been easy. But it would have been wrong.
Choosing to follow Jesus, even into the hard places, would be hard. But, it would be right.
They choose the hard right, over the easy wrong.
So must we today. We must choose to follow Jesus, no matter where He leads us. Because no matter how hard it may look, it will be right. It will be life. It will be hope. It will be purpose.
It will be right.
Today, follow Jesus wherever He leads, no matter how hard it looks. Because it is the path to life. And following him, no matter how hard i is, is always right.
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