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Divine Questions #19

You don’t want to leave me too, do you?

You don’t want to leave me too, do you?

In our modern world it is becoming more difficult to live a life of faith and conviction. Critics question our rationality, certainty, and beliefs. In some places, persecution is on the increase.

As a result, many are choosing compromise over conviction, and comfort over calling. Of course, this is not a new phenomenon. People have always abandoned the faith and chosen an easier path.

For example, when Jesus offended His audience in Capernaum by asking them to eat His flesh and drink His blood, His followers found the teaching too hard, and chose to leave. The Bible says, “…from this time on many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him…” (John 6:66).

No doubt they made excuses (as we always do): ‘It’s too difficult’; ‘I have other priorities’; ‘I prefer to go my own way’; ‘I like the miracles but not the message’; ‘I don’t like the other disciples’.

At this point, Jesus turned to His remaining followers and asked, “…You don’t want to leave too, do you…” (John 6:67). It’s a question we all need to think about, especially if we are being tempted to draw back.

Peter’s response should be ours: “…Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God…” (John 6:68-69).

Is this your revelation and your confession?


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