by Kim McDougal
“Jesus said to the Twelve, Will you also go away? [And do you too desire to leave Me?]” – John 6:67 (AMP)
Relationship is a two-way street. Some of the people in Jesus’ day followed Him only for the things they were receiving of Him but when He challenged them, many turned away. He then turned to His 12 disciples and asked if they were going to leave too. You see, our Lord also knows how it feels when people are around you not because they want you, but because they want what you have to give them. We’re living in a world of “ME”. A lot of people want what will make them happy but are not willing to work or put in any effort. Jesus wants a relationship with us but like any relationship, it takes work on His part AND on our part. Otherwise, all you have is a superficial relationship that’s one-sided. How would you like to give and give to someone, pour your heart out to them to help them and all they do is take, take, never reciprocating anything? It’s disheartening.
We also have to be careful not to do this with the Lord. It’s easy to take others for granted. If we could keep in our minds daily on all that Jesus went through just to have a partnership with us, can you imagine what our walk with Him would be like? And I’m not talking just what He went through on the cross (that was enough all by itself), but how about being left alone?, having to pray alone?, people only wanting you because of your miracles, abandoned, denied, lied on, constantly living under the threat of being killed, etc., just to name a few. Our Lord and Savior went through this for YOU and I. How could we leave Him when His arms are extended reaching out to us?
I like Peter’s answer to our scripture today, in Verse 68: “ Simon Peter answered, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words (the message) of eternal life.” Where would we go? There is no other God, no other Savior. No other with the words of eternal life. We come too far to turn back!