Thursday, January 14, 2016

5 reasons why following Jesus is the most challenging thing you could ever do with your life.

I am serious. This is not hyperbole. The most challenging thing you could ever do with your life is to completely surrender your will over to the will of God.

To give up your rights to the righteousness of Christ; to say no to what the world says yes to, to give instead of take; to put the interests of others ahead of yours, are some of the reasons why following Jesus is not for the faint of heart.

I still can't understand why some Christians give the impression that following Jesus is nothing more than inviting him into your heart? 

Here are 5 reasons why you should calculate the cost before following Jesus:

1. You are called to follow not fandom.
Kyle Idleman in Not a Fan says, “The biggest threat to the church today is fans who call themselves Christians but aren’t actually interested in following Christ. 

They want to be close enough to Jesus to get all the benefits, but not so close that it requires anything from them.”

2. You are sent to serve.
Imagine going to the White House and the president of the United States takes off his suit, gets on his hands and knees and starts washing your feet. 

Weird, right? This is how Peter felt when Jesus served him. To serve is to take the lowest seat and do what others would loathe to do. Jesus said, he came not be served but to serve (Mark 10:45).

3. You will suffer. 
Jesus said, Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me (Matthew 10:17).

If you don’t believe Jesus, then check out Christianity Today’s Top 50 Countries Where It's Now Hardest To Be a Christian.

4.  You must be courageous. 
Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted.  So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows (Matthew 10: 29-31).

5. You must choose who will be #1.
Jesus will not take a lesser place in your life. 

He’s either Lord of all or he’s not Lord at all. 

Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it (Matthew 10:37-39).