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Spiritual Growth: No Other Options

66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
John 6:66-68

When in difficult circumstances, you’ll sometimes hear people say, “I have options.” They don’t have to put up with “this kind” of treatment or conditions. They can walk. They can go elsewhere. They have options.

Peter was in this position. Jesus’ teaching was becoming difficult to understand. Opposition was starting to arise. All of a sudden, following Jesus wasn’t necessarily the thing he signed up for.

In a sense, Peter had other options. He could have left Jesus and gone back to fishing. He could have joined up with another rabbi. He could have done a number of other things.

But he didn’t. And that’s because unlike the people who left, Peter realized something: no other option could give him what Jesus could. Jesus alone had the words of life, even if they were difficult. He alone was worth giving his life to. He alone could give Peter what he really needed and wanted.

And for that reason, Peter had no other options.

In the same way, if you’ve chosen to be a follower of Christ, you really have no other options. Sure, you could sellout and walk away from God. Sure, you could take an easier path. But to what end?

What other option can work all things together for your good?
What other option is the Alpha before your circumstances and the Omega after them?
What other option has the words of eternal life?
What other option is even worth contemplating?

You have no other options. Even if following God gets difficult, you have no other options. Even if He asks you to do something that’s uncomfortable or costly, you have no other options.

But you also don’t need any. 

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Steven Furtick is the founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church, based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elevation Church meets at eight locations in the Charlotte area, as well as one location in Toronto, Canada. The church has been named one of the Fastest-Growing Churches in America by Outreach Magazine for each of the past six years.