As is my usual morning routine, I found myself at the gym yesterday. I’ve mentioned before that there are two lines of TV’s showing various channels. One commercial caught my attention. It was a commercial for the Marines, I believe. It showed people in various situations, all moving towards danger and risking their lives. The message at the end read: “Do you have what it takes?”

Great question. Now I’m going to swipe that question and use it for something else.

Do you have what it takes to be a disciple of Jesus? Do you?

How about this question: Do you have what it takes to be a peacemaker? Sounds pretty easy on the surface right? Except when you think about this a bit deeper, it’s not. Do you have what it takes to create peace where only conflict, strife, violence, death, and destruction reign? To be a peacemaker is to risk it all sometimes. To be vulnerable. To be unarmed in the midst of violence.

How about these questions instead: Do you have what it takes to feed the hungry? Do you have what it takes to clothe the naked? Welcome the stranger? Care for the sick? Visit those in prison?

Do you have what it takes to love your enemy? Do you have what it takes to see the other as your brother, sister, mother, or father?

Do you have what it takes to actually do what Jesus calls on us to do?

Do you have what it takes?