I am a collector of quotes. I love to hear the wisdom of believers who have gone before me. My church is doing a series called Disciple: Dying to Live. They handed out a little booklet for note taking (I’m a note taker!) and on the first page I read:
Whatever comes to our minds when we think about the word disciple, we do well to remember these words from G.K. Chesterton . . .
Jesus promised His disciples three things, that they would be completely fearless, absurdly happy and in constant trouble.
I shared that with a small circle of women at a retreat in Kentucky this weekend, after hearing one story after another of genuine pain and suffering and God’s strength and peace imparted in the midst. Yes, I said, “we’ll be completely fearless, absurdly happy and in constant trouble.” We all just laughed, because we realized how true that really is!
Anyone who calls himself a disciple of Christ can relate to the sentiment expressed in Chesterton’s statement. Only through Jesus can we be completely fearless. Only through Jesus can we be absurdly happy. Only through Jesus can we survive and even thrive in spite of the seemingly constant stream of troubles we often face. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But, take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) This is truly good news.
I have known my share of troubles, especially this year. But, I have also known a God who has loved me incredibly well. So, I will continue on this journey as His disciple . . . completely fearless (because Perfect Love casts out fear), absurdly happy (“there is joy in the Lord”) and in constant trouble (doable only because of my Constant One).
So, how ’bout it? Let’s count the cost of discipleship, die to ourselves and live for Jesus!
One day at a time,