Snooze buttons are standard features on alarm clocks. If I set my alarm for 7, that’s time to get up. But I consult my mental to-do list and figure I can sleep eight more minutes. Then at 7:08, I review my wake-up plan and tap the snooze button again.
I tell myself, “I’ll hit the ground running. But not now.”
“I’ll get everything done I need to. Later.”
Isn’t that how we treat our calling to follow Jesus sometimes?
The rich young ruler wanted to eternal life. Jesus told him to sell everything he had, give it all to the poor and come follow Him. But the rich young ruler had too much stuff. “I can’t right now, Jesus, I’m having too much fun being rich (Matthew 19:22 paraphrase).”
Jesus invited someone on the road to follow Him. The man said, “Okay, I surely will, but first let me go home and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead.”
The man was saying, “I’ll follow you when my father dies.” Don’t we do the same thing sometimes?
Jesus, I’ll follow you as soon as the kids are in grown. Snooze button. I’ll follow you when I finish this project at work. Snooze button. When I have more time. Snooze button. When we can pay off some of these bills. Snooze button. Snooze button. Snooze button.
What we’re saying is, “I’ll follow you as soon as it’s convenient for me.”
Problem is, Jesus tells us to take up our cross daily. There’s that pesky little word that makes His call to us so personal. “Daily.” Not tomorrow. Not when it’s more comfortable. Not when we have more time. Daily. Today.
God is calling you and me. Today. Are we going to pick up our cross, or hit the snooze alarm?
Kyle Idleman's video series, notafan, provided the inspiration for this blog post.