No one ever said it would be easy to be a follower of Christ…In-fact the price one must pay is quite expensive.
He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)
To pursue a life with Jesus can be a huge challenge, especially when it is our nature to make everything personal and centered around our needs and desires. We are a selfish people with most of our decisions based on what works or is best for us. Often we do not even consider how our decision will affect others. In-fact many of us have never denied ourselves of much in life; if we want it we pursue it at all cost.
How awesome would it be if we pursued Jesus with that same passion? To say I will follow Jesus no matter what the cost…Popularity, Acceptance, Employment, Possessions, and/or Relationships…
Think about it…Jesus didn’t say follow me if it is popular with the world or accepted by our friends…Nope, he said we must put aside our selfish desires, personal preferences, and expectation of others and pursue Him.
So I ask, are you willing…
- Stop making everything about you?
- Lay aside your plans and dreams?
- Stop what you are doing at any moment?
- Allow Him to be in control of your life?
- Put others first?