“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. ‘The time has come. The kingdom of God is here. Repent and believe the good news.’” (Mark 1:14-15)
It’s time. Time to stop talking and start walking. You’ve been stuck in neutral long enough. It’s time to put feet to the things you have seen and heard and known. It’s time to stop dreaming about the way things could or should be, and start becoming. You know what I’m talking about. You know those places where you have been too scared or too lazy or too comfortable to move, so you have just stayed where you are. Well, it’s time. Time to get up off of your butt, time to stop wallowing in your own fear or apathy or self-consumption or despair, time to leave the land of God and, in order to enter the land of God alone. So get up, whatever that may mean, whatever it may cost. For the cost is nothing compared to the reward—intimate union with me. Follow me to that place. Leave the old and broken and dysfunctional behind and come follow me. I want to lead you deeper into my heart. But in order to do that, you will have to leave your old life behind. Are you willing? Finally willing? It’s time.
Forgive me, Lord Jesus, for giving in to my fear or my comfort or self-centeredness, and refusing to follow you all the way to where you want to lead me. It’s time to give my entire self to you. Give me the grace and the strength and the courage to do so. Amen.