What Is Your Secret?
I was working in the yard near the road when a car stopped on the far side of it about 25 feet away. A man I did not know put his window down and complimented me on the appearance of my garden, which is close to the road. He asked, “What is your secret?” I shrugged my shoulders because, on the spur of the moment, I did not know what to tell him. Long after he had left, I concluded that if I had to pick just one thing it would be Miracle-Gro, but that is far from the whole story. A plumber, carpenter or doctor could not identify one secret that makes them successful. Training and experience have stocked their toolboxes with dozens of tricks of the trade.
About a month after the garden inquiry I went to a church as a guest preacher. The worship leader asked me my age and then guessed, underestimating by about ten years. When I told him, he asked, “What is your secret?” I responded that one must choose parents wisely, jokingly referring to the influence of heredity. I informed him that my father lived to 102 and his mother to 103. Of course, aging is more complicated than just heredity. Diet, exercise, proper rest, and many other elements also play a part. We long for single secret simplicity, but life is more complex than that.
Following Jesus has no easy button. If I had to summarize it, I would borrow the words of the old hymn and say we must trust and obey Jesus. The question is, “How do we do that?”
In sports, strong, fast, quick, and coordinated natural athletes excel effortlessly. Natural artists can draw what they see. People like me draw stick figures of people and label them so they can be identified!
We are natural sinners (Romans 7:14-20), not natural Christians. Following Jesus is hard for all of us. It requires self-denial (Luke 9:23), learning a new way of life (Ephesians 2:1-4), obedience (John 14:15), discipline (1 Corinthians 9:24), perseverance (James 1:12) and much more. I do not have answers for all possible following Jesus questions. What I have learned about following Him over 50 years I have summarized in ABC Discipleship (https://www.christiangrowthresources.com/abc-discipleship). I invite you to check it out. #freechristianleadershipresources #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources
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