Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27
Psalm 145:2-5, 10-11
No servant can serve two masters. (Luke 16:13).
Have you ever heard the expression “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”? Well, in typical fashion, that’s pretty much what Jesus is asking us to do in this passage. He is exhorting his disciples, and anyone else who will listen, to give themselves to God first and foremost.
What keeps us from doing that? It might be a number of things, but underlying most of our concerns is doubt—doubt that Jesus’ basket is big enough to hold all our dreams and needs or that the basket has holes or that Jesus might drop it. Our doubts try to pull us in different directions. We might be tempted to look to other things for happiness or support. Yet in the midst of our doubts, Jesus reveals more about who he is so that we can take one more step toward having a completely trusting heart.
Are you struggling with doubts right now? Maybe you’re facing a major decision, and you don’t know how to choose. Or you might have waited on the Lord for an answer to prayer for a long, long time and have yet to see any change. Well, you’re in very good company. Many people in the Scriptures doubted, from as early as Abraham and his wife, Sarah, right through to the apostles. Yet in all of these cases, God responded to their doubts, and, in the process, revealed his faithfulness.
Take, for example, Peter’s attempt to walk on water (Matthew 14:22-33). He was all set to step out of the boat, and he even succeeded until he looked at the waves and doubted. But where was Peter trying to go? To Jesus. And where did he end up? With Jesus! He may have had a rough time along the way, but that’s how he learned that Jesus would lift him up whenever he floundered.
So yes, the Lord wants us to put aside our doubts, but he wants us to do it by remembering who he is. He is always faithful. He is always with you. Right here, right now, he is reaching out his hand to grasp you and steady you. Yes, he is worth putting all your eggs in one basket!
“Lord Jesus, help me to put my doubts aside and follow you with all my heart.”~WAU