“Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?”
People walking away from the Christian walk is no new thing. Even Jesus saw several of His disciples walk away to no longer walk with Him. You would think that Jesus would have no problems with people following Him, but even the Son of God experienced the wonder of people walking away from the truth to live the rest of their lives in sin. This is why Jesus asked the twelve, “Will ye also go away?”
This question that Jesus asked must be asked of every believer. “Will ye also go away?” Are you going to walk away from the Christian walk? Are you on your way out the door to return no more to follow the Saviour? Many have said that they would not go away and afterward walked away; are you going to be that one who walks away? The dialogue that Jesus had with these people shows why people walk away. Let me share with you five reason people walk away.
First, people walk away because they were offended. Jesus asked the people who were about ready to walk away, “Doth this offend you?” The reason you were offended is not a good enough reason to walk away from the truth. Are you offended because the preacher preached the truth and the truth hit revealed your shortcomings? Are you offended because of what a believer said or did to you? My friend, you will be offended if you serve the LORD for any length of time, but there is no good reason to let another’s offense cause you to walk away from serving the LORD.
Second, people walk away because they’re not saved. Jesus said, “But there are some of you that believe not.” If your father is not God, you will find it easy to walk away from the truth. The simple question I ask you as you consider walking away from the truth, are you saved? Some like Judas have followed the Saviour until they had a convenient excuse to walk away which only revealed that they were not saved. No, this doesn’t mean that everyone who walks away isn’t saved, but it is one reason people do walk away.
Third, people walk away because of populace opinion. Verse 66 says, “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.” When your Christianity is based upon the crowd, you will find the crowd will one day lead you away from the truth. You must not allow yourself to follow the crowd. If you are going to stay faithful in your walk with the LORD, you are going to find that there will be many times when you must stand alone. Never allow the disgruntled and worldly crowd to influence you to walk away. If truth is your reason for serving the LORD, you will not be swayed when the crowd walks away because of truth’s unpopularity.
Fourth, people walk away because of the difficulty of serving the LORD. If the only time you serve the LORD is when it’s easy, you will never find a time to serve Him. Serving the LORD is hard, but the rewards are tremendous. Always remember that the greater the hardness, the greater the reward. Don’t allow the hardness of serving the LORD cause you to quit the very life which brings blessings to the believer.
Fifth, people walk away because they are working in the flesh. It takes Holy Ghost fulness to continue to follow the Saviour. You will never make it in the Christian walk through the power of the flesh; you will only make it by being filled with the Spirit.