I recently finished up a discipleship course focusing on Jesus' call to follow him. Jesus' basic call to anyone who would follow after him demands everything from us:
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26–27)
And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it." (Luke 9:23–24)
During this discipleship class, I was introduced to a young woman who obeyed Jesus and "quit her life" (as she put it) and followed him.
Katie grew up in America with all its comforts: a loving family, high school homecoming queen, class president, a bright future in college, a boyfriend. She had it all. But then she heard the call of Jesus, left what she had, and followed him.
She wanted to do a year long mission trip before college so she went to Uganda to serve as a teacher. While there she saw the desperate needs of the poor, starving orphans and adopted 14 of them (yes 14!). Now she lives in Uganda as a single, 22-year old mother of over a dozen kids and runs a ministry called Amazima to help other poor children there.
Here's a short video that profiles her work there:
David Platt also recently interviewed Katie about her calling in Uganda.
May we follow Katie as she follows Christ. The fuel that will finally drive us to leave it all and follow Jesus is not overwhelming stat after overwhelming stat of the great needs in this world. Those are helpful, but what will finally fuel us to forsake all and follow Jesus is the glorious vision of an overwhelmingly satisfying Christ — a Christ who himself is all in all.
Joseph Randall is the pastor of Olney Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA.