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January 9, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?”—Amos 3:3 (NLT)
I love going out to eat. It’s one of my favorite things to do. But you know what I don’t love? The usually excruciating process of deciding where we’re going to go eat. It’s the absolute worst! It generally takes forever, involves a lot of “I don’t care. What do you want to eat?”, and then by the time we get there everyone’s hangry—hungry and angry.
In today’s verse, we see that the prophet Amos understood this issue all too well. He says, “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” It’s often hard to get two people to agree on something. Why? Well, there are countless factors involved in decision-making and agreeability . . . but, truthfully, the issue is that we’re all human and we want what we want, when we want it, and how we want it.
Stubbornness, selfishness, and pride often get in the way; they constantly trip us up and make us stumble and fall short in our relationships. This is why you’ll see people flocking to others who share similar interests, likes, dislikes, backgrounds, and experiences. It’s also why “opposites attract” is a mostly false, dangerous expression when it comes to relationships. People like other people who agree with them because it makes walking through life together a whole lot easier.
Now, let’s apply this same idea to our relationship with Jesus. If you want to walk with Christ, you have to agree with Him. If you want to have fellowship with Christ, you have to follow Him. In this relationship, you don’t take the wheel, you don’t take the lead, and you don’t compromise. There is no give and take, friends. Your views, your opinions, your philosophies must conform to His. Your heart, mind, and soul must conform to His. You must love what He loves; you must seek to imitate Him, to be more like Him.
If this sounds harsh . . . it shouldn’t! It’s His way; there is no negotiating that, nor should there be! Remember, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the image of the invisible God. His way is better . . . ALWAYS! I will say it again, if you want to have fellowship with Christ, you have to agree with Christ in everything. There is no moment in life where our way would be better than His. If we want to live the best life possible, a life of peace, purpose, joy, and fulfillment, we will walk in true fellowship with Jesus.
DIG: Why do people flock to those who agree with them? What makes walking with those who disagree with us so difficult?
DISCOVER: What does it look like to walk with Christ?
DISPLAY: Are there any areas in your life where you’re not walking in fellowship with Jesus? Over the next few days, pray and fast about these areas in order that you may be able to let go of them and walk in agreement with Him.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.