Truthfully, we all have been guilty of “jumping the gun” at some point in our lives. We think we know what we are doing...we think we know what we are getting into: but it turns out that we don’t.
Take this reporter, for example...
His request approved, the CNN News photographer quickly used a cell phone to call the local airport to charter a flight.
He was told a twin-engine plane would be waiting for him at the airport.
Arriving at the airfield, he spotted a plane warming up outside a hanger.
He jumped in with his bag, slammed the door shut, and shouted, “Let’s go.”
The pilot taxied out, swung the plane into the wind and took off.
Once in the air, the photographer instructed the pilot, “Fly over the valley and make low passes so I can take pictures of the fires on the hillsides.”
“Why?” asked the pilot.
“Because I’m a photographer for CNN”, he responded, “and I need to get some close up shots.”
The pilot was strangely silent for a moment.
Finally he stammered, “So, what you’re telling me, is... You’re NOT my flight instructor?”
In Luke 14, Jesus talks about the cost of being a disciple of His. He speaks of giving up everything we have to be His disciple...that Jesus has to be FIRST, even ahead of family.
Then He goes on to talk about two scenarios: building a tower and a king whose troops are outnumbered 2 to 1. In each case Jesus says the builder and the king should count the cost before making the commitment.
Same is true with us. We need to understand “what we are getting into” before we blindly jump on a plane. We have to give up EVERYTHING to be His disciple; and that is not easy.
Is there something you refuse to give up? If so, you might want to make sure Jesus is really in your life’s pilot seat.