Followers of Christ are for the most part intentional in their pursuit of intimacy with the Lord and in living the radical nature of their discipleship. Men and women who have given their entire lives to the service of preaching the Gospel would vividly remember their initial passion of “cross to the other shore” – an external action indicative of the inward changes in position, life-style, mindset, etc. Equally, one is reminded of the many times that this initial choice to radically follow Christ was taken back owing to fear of uncertainty, suffering, the avid quest for control, etc. Jesus’ response to the Scribe is a compelling invitation to cross to the other shore. To move from the shore of comfort, authority, control to dependence upon God who calls both the disciple and those to whom the disciple is sent while providing everything needed for the mission.
For today’s disciple, crossing to the other shore must be a recurring choice, since it is so easy to be driven by the comforts, efficiency and rewards of modern living that often clouds one’s desire to follow Jesus. Continuously choosing to cross to the other shore while fully embracing the disposition of the follower of Christ described in the Gospel is done solely by total reliance upon the Lord.