“Because of this, many of His disciples turned back and no longer went about with Him. So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also want to go away?’ (John 6:66-67)
We all have had such moments, when we are faced with the momentous task of deciding who and what we believe in, and declaring it publicly. It’s not always a simple thing to do, especially if we know that, no matter our decision, someone will be displeased.
But at our core, the right choice is always there. You and I were created with an innate sense of right and wrong, a sense which always surfaces within us when a tough call is needed.
Deep down, therefore, we know the correct decision; we only need the courage to see it through. And we must remember that our full commitment is needed or our decision is worthless.
Too many Christians have been too half-hearted in the practice of their faith for too long, not giving it the attention and priority it deserves. Too many attend to their faith only when convenient, when there isn’t a sports event or something more “fun” scheduled.
Little wonder our society has regressed in matters of morals as much as we’ve seen.
As with all faith traditions, Christianity is a lifestyle requiring full commitment to whatever role God has in mind for us. Read that again. We are to put our lives in God’s hands, and trustingly let Him lead, knowing that if we but ask, He will give us the tools to get the job done.
That makes life interesting and exciting! Submitting ourselves to God does not degrade or diminish the experience of being human, but brings it to its greatest fulfillment!
With the dawn of each day, a believer is given the chance to learn and grow and make a difference, in planned and often unplanned ways. For those with faith, life becomes an adventure! But the adventure will not happen if we insist on keeping control. We cannot impose terms on a Christian life, in effect telling God what we will and will not agree to.
A true believer will be all in for God. There is no other way.
Of course, we will stumble and fail Him now and then. But we pick ourselves up, ask forgiveness for our shortcomings, and push ahead with the same firm resolve Saint Peter showed in his answer to Jesus’ question:
“Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
Let the adventure continue. God bless us all.
Michael Clapp is deacon at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mayfield.