Many who have enjoyed a robust following are finding the bottom is dropping out seemingly overnight.
Others are being banned for “violating” the rules in some way.
And still others are voluntarily calling it quits on platforms with which they can no longer agree.
The need to start from zero somewhere else.
With zero content and zero followers—completely starting from scratch.
Of course, some are finding they don’t have a choice in the matter—but others are doing so as a matter of choice.
I made that choice over a year ago, leaving Facebook and later Twitter, too.
Starting from zero with God
All that got me thinking about the dynamics of starting from scratch.
Of the willingness to give God our zero and trust Him with the outcome of doing so.
I read about four guys who did the same during my devotionals this morning: Andrew, Peter, James, and John.
In Matthew 4:18-22, we read the description of how they became Jesus’ followers:
18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.NIV
When Jesus called them to follow Him, they immediately got up, left everything and everyone behind, and did exactly that.
I wonder how many of us would be willing to do that today.
To leave behind our comfortable lives and follow Jesus into the unknown.
To give Him our zero and trust Him with it.
To do what’s needed in the context of our call to put His kingdom first.
His will be done.
On Earth, as it is in Heaven.
The willingness to leave what’s familiar, to depart previous success, and start from scratch can be a hard thing to do.
But God will honor your willingness to do exactly that.
If you trust Him with your zero and step with Him into whatever He has next.