Commitment to Follow Jesus
Nov 17, 2008 by Howard Baker | 0 Comments
My friend Ashley Denton travels around the world resourcing, training, and nurturing indigenous youth workers. On a recent trip to Nepal, a land where some 15,000 young girls are sold into prostitution every year, he discovered that, in the midst of what can feel like overwhelming darkness, God is at work. Young people are coming to know Jesus and desire to follow Him even in a hostile culture. Ashley asked a Nepali pastor friend what he did to prepare young people for the difficulty of shifting their allegiance to Jesus. The pastor talked about baptism and said that before they baptize new believers they ask these questions:
- Are you willing to be shunned by your family?
- Are you willing to lose your job or be kicked out of school?
- Are you willing to bring your offerings to God rather than to false gods?
- Are you willing to be beaten, persecuted, and go to prison for the name of Jesus?
- Are you willing to go back to your village and family and introduce them to Jesus?
If so, welcome to the family!
This reminds me of the famous Bonhoeffer line: When Jesus calls someone, he bids them to come and die. May we have the passion, courage, and commitment to follow Jesus as do these teenagers in Nepal.