Discipleship in a Seed
A "forever decision" can't be taken back. It's forever. Even if you want to change, the decision binds you. Understandably, we ought to be extremely cautious about making "forever decisions."
I ran across a scam this past week: Mars One. A group from the Netherlands wanted to plant a colony on Mars. They had a thirty-year plan laid out. All privately funded. All using existing technologies. What made their plan (supposedly) feasible was ... no return. There would be no return for the astronauts / explorers / colonists. No return saved on fuel and supplies.
Almost 3,000 people around the world submitted non-refundable applications for the privilege of becoming one of the "chosen 100" Martians.
Mars One declared bankruptcy last year. And another one bites the dust.
I got to thinking, though. There is something powerful about the lure of giving one's self over to a large, consequential "forever decision." Something almost romantic about it. The adventure. The possibilities of the unknown. But most of us hedge our bets. Most of us defer "forever decisions" for the "I can back out decisions".
Jesus knew He had to die on the cross. It was a "forever decision." There was no going back. That's what authentic discipleship is: a "forever decision."
Jesus said, "unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."
- Jesus was talking about Himself going to the cross.
- Jesus was talking about the disciple who follows Him.
There is no spiritual harvest without the cross. Following Christ is the ultimate "forever decision."