Farid looked uneasily at the men’s faces as he walked along beside them. They reminded him of other faces, faces from an earlier life, from a world that he did not like to remember, and he stayed as close as he could to Dustfinger’s side.

“Are you sure these are the Prince’s men?” Dustfinger asked Roxane in undertone.

“Oh, yes,” she whispered back. “He can’t choose who will follow him.”

Inkspell, Cornelia Funke

That last phrase stopped me as I pondered about what happened 2,000 years ago outside of Jerusalem…

Jesus’ followers.

The initial band was a rowdy one. Think of Peter and his temper tantrums. Take the sons of Zebedee who were affectionately nicknamed Sons of Thunder. The later followers (at least who truly wanted to follow Him and not just do it because of fashion) were not always from the top levels of society. Yet, what set them all apart from the rest was their desire to bring glory to God and serve Him and other people.

As I read that quote from Inkspell, I had to chuckle. It reminded me of the reaction people usually get when I mention that I have friends who used to be drug addicts / alcoholics or served time in prison. I guess it just goes contrary to the image they’ve got of me – nice, quiet girl whose mom is a pastor.

To be honest, if I would meet some of those guys on the street (if I didn’t know them), I would be apprehensive as to what do they want. Life in a 5,000,000 population city teaches its lesson well. However, spend five minutes with these people and you’ll see the light in their eyes that is lacking in so many. Their features might be hardened and scarred, yet their smiles are genuine and their joy evident. While I don’t know how to deal with unsaved alcoholics and drug abusers, I like spending time with the ones who found Christ. I learn a lot from them.

So back to the quote… I don’t think that God can’t choose who will follow Him (because He’s all knowing), but I think He would like everyone to follow Him – those who look good and have a degree or two, or those who lost everything they had and came to Him out of desperation. That’s my view of predestination – God predestined everyone to be saved – that’s what John Wesley meant, I think, by Prevenient Grace – but it’s our choice to accept His destiny for us or try to create our own.

But yes, sometimes His followers don’t look like a fashion magazine model – at least on the outside. And thank God for accepting us the way we are – temper tantrums and all.

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