The biggest problem with people serving Christ is that they don’t know where to start. I have a great idea, start by serving either as a greeter or nursery helper. Both of these ministries in the church are usually understaffed, so check in with the ministry leader for each and get plugged in. How hard is it to welcome someone to church or change a diaper? Actually, neither of these ministries is complicated or require great skill, they just require a willing heart. That’s the key: willingness.
“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”
In this setting the disciples wanted to follow Jesus without completely understanding what they were getting into. I believe we can admire their faith and choices at this point even though Jesus points out to them that they could never endure all that He was going to. Their hearts were willing to step into the unknown regardless of how extreme it was going to be. They were eager to follow but unrealistic as to what it would cost them. At this point the disciples were relying on their own strength, fortitude and reasoning to be able to walk in Jesus’ shoes. It wasn’t until later, after the ascension, that the disciples were ready to go forth with the help, strength and wisdom of the Holy Spirit. That’s the deal … it is God through the Holy Spirit that provides the wisdom, strength and fortitude to do His will, not the human intellect, stamina or persona. Our job is to simply be willing …. regardless of the path or outlook!