Home is where your heart is…

As Jesus was traveling and teaching he had many interesting interchanges with people. One such encounters was with someone who said to him “I will follow you wherever you go” (Luke 6:57), but Jesus’ reply was that he didn’t have a place to lay his head. The call to follow Jesus is not one of comfort or security, it may even mean being nomadic.

In our life, this took the form of being willing to leave “home.” I was born and raised in North Texas. My wife had lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since she was in grade school. We met in college at Dallas Baptist University, and our first real ministry position was at a church in the DFW area. It was comfortable, it was “home.”

Then, one day, I got a call from a guy named Fred who wanted us to pull up stakes and move north and serve at a church in the middle of a corn field. Following Jesus means that we are sojourners and exiles in this world (cf. 1Pet 2:11), and we may never truly feel “at home.”

When he calls, be willing to follow him. Hazard the chance, step-out with bold determination and go. Don’t get too comfortable, we don’t have a home… but one day we will… (if you follow him now).

About John Harris

I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
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