It seems that God is rather fond of wrecking a perfectly good, normal life. There is no pattern to God’s wrecking ball. Fishermen trying to make a living, tax collectors working collecting their wages, zealots trying to start their revolution all have their lives wrecked when Jesus comes walking into town and invites them to follow him. So, move over Miley Cyrus, there is a new wrecking ball in town.
C.S. Lewis describes this idea as God’s Beautiful Wrecking. In Mere Christianity, he says, “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
God is perfectly okay with wrecking a perfectly normal decent life because God knows that we were made for something more than just normal and decent. Jesus is okay with riding in like wrecking ball because he knows that in order to make something beautiful the old has to be torn down.
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9: 57-62.