Retreat: An Eternal Regret

Have you ever noticed how when you really do not want to do something, you can

always find an excuse? Everything in life costs something and not just money. Things can cost time, effort, popularity, reputation, and the list could go on. If you need to exercise, it is going to cost you time and effort (and in some cases money). If you share the gospel with someone, it might cost you popularity or a reputation as a “Jesus freak.” Everything you do has a price tag of some sort.

In Luke 9:57-62, Jesus calls some people to follow Him and they all have an excuse.

They realized the price to follow Jesus was too high for them. More people turned away from Jesus with an excuse than paid the cost to follow Him. People still do this today. I hear excuses all the time of why someone is not coming to church or serving God with their lives. Excuses like: someone was unkind to me, or I slept in, or I forgot, or I had important things to do.

I had a conversation with a friend of mine a long time ago about serving God. I felt like he had the talents and the passion to be in ministry. We talked about it, and he told me he felt that was what God wanted him to do; yet, he felt he would not make enough money in ministry to support his family. An excuse had gotten in the way of him serving God. If God’s will for that man’s life was to serve God in full-time ministry then, of course, God could provide for his family.

Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Excuses will always be there, but we will not always be able to serve God. There is coming a day when we will no longer be able to serve Him with our lives because our lives will be over or He will return. So forget the excuses and let us get to serving Him.

Although there were many who approached Jesus looking to follow Him yet turned

away, I cannot think of any of their names. The rich young ruler might be the most well-known "would be" follower, but he was unwilling to set aside his riches.

I can think of many followers of Christ who decided to set aside their excuses and follow Jesus though. Their names are well known. Names like Peter, James, John, Matthew, Luke, Paul, and Barnabas. I can think of many modern names that set things aside as well, but there is one I think is especially relevant.

His name was William Borden.

He was the son of a wealthy silver mining executive and accepted Christ under the preaching of R. A. Torrey. He eventually decided to leave his

luxurious lifestyle to preach the gospel to Muslim people in China. He went to Cairo to study the Islamic religion; however, he soon contracted a terrible disease from which he died at the age of 25.

His Life's Anecdote

After his death, his mother found written in his Bible three phrases with dates next to each. The first phrase was “no reserve” and was dated around the time when he decided to leave his fortune to pursue mission work. The second was “no retreat” and was dated around the time when his father told him he would not hold a position in the family business if he continued in his pursuit of missions. The final message was “no regrets” and was dated shortly before his death.

Follow his and so many other examples of people who have set aside their excuses and

followed God. Like William Borden, I do not think you will ever regret it.

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