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In our church we’ve got a Women’s Bible study going, and it’s the study on the book of Jonah by Priscilla Shirer. This past week Priscilla wrote:

“There is no gray area in obeying God. When God speaks or allows you to see His hand, giving you an opportunity to participate in His purposes, you don’t have an array of options to choose from on how you will respond. It’s clear-cut, plain and simple… black and white. You can either choose to obey or choose to disobey. No neutral ground. Choosing to “do nothing” is really a decision to delay obedience – and the word for delayed obedience? Disobedience.”

And then I had to think about what John writes in chapter 2 of 1 John. He talks about living in the light or living in darkness. Loving your Christian brother/sister or hating your Christian brother/sister. To claim one thing, but  to do another is also not an option with God.

In a way I’ve come to love that about God: He gives us simple options. Obedience or disobedience, light or darkness, loving or hating. It is me that makes it complicated. I want degrees of obedience or disobedience. I think that hating someone a little is still ok, or if I’m only disliking someone, that’s ok, too, right? No, it’s wrong. Even disliking my Christian brother/sister is not loving them. I want to be obedient, but not radically. Radical changes things, radical has consequences, radical makes me different. I’m “sticking out” in the crowd, I’m “weird”, right?

But obedience always has consequences, and it comes at a price. A price I’m often hesitating to pay. Consequences I’m not always comfortable with. But who said following Jesus would be comfortable? Who said following Jesus would not cost us?

The precious thing I’m learning from Jonah is that I’m not alone in this. God is with me. He’s walking with me, guiding me step by step. And whenever I stumble and run to Him to confess, He’s there to forgive me and He sends me on to do what He’s called me to do. How cool is that!

“I cried out to the LORD in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and LORD, you heard me!” Jonah 2:1

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