If you think being a Christian is easy… you’re probably doing it wrong. Now hear me, I say that with the most love in my heart. Something God has been pressing into my heart lately is just that: if you think being a Christian is easy… you’re probably doing it wrong, because following Christ should cost you something.
Over and over again we see in scripture the essence and necessity of sacrifice. Recently two verses have absolutely wrecked me, and I hope they do the same to you as well. The first being “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey my commandments.” (John 14:15 AMP) and “Then Jesus said to His disciples ‘if anyone wishes to follow Me [as my disciple] he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests], and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me.] (Matthew 16:24) This kind of following Jesus doesn’t come without a price. This kind of following Jesus isn’t one that is satisfied with a weekly hour encounter with Jesus. This kind of following Jesus doesn’t rationalize their sin so they can “have their cake and eat it too.” This kind of following Jesus serves the lost and least of these. This kind of following Jesus sacrifices regularly, lives from a deeply rooted place of generosity, loves no matter the cost, and speaks truth while dripping grace. This kind of following Jesus has a call for repentance and life change. This kind of following Jesus is willing to have the hardest of conversations. This kind of following Jesus is willing to say “nevertheless not my will, not my comfort, not my inclinations, not my desires, not my habits, not my wants, not my bend towards brokenness…nevertheless not my will but Yours, Jesus, be done.” This kind of following Jesus would absolutely change the world all for His name sake and glory.
The question is, is this YOUR kind of following Jesus??
When was the last time you gave up something for Jesus or someone else? When was the last time you interrupted your schedule or routine to serve Jesus or someone else? When was the last time you spent your money for Jesus or someone else? When was the last time following Jesus cost you something? Because if its cost you nothing- you’re probably not following Him.
Sacrificing for Jesus isn’t to make your life miserable. Sacrificing for Jesus makes room for Him to absolutely change you and your entire world. The more of the world you let go the more you’re able to grab hold of God. Denying yourself and chasing hard after Jesus doesn’t make your life boring and dull… it allows you to have life and to have it to the full.
Be willing to change. Be willing to give things up. Be willing to be made small so that we can make the MOST of Him. Be willing to walk away, speak up and fight for truth. Be willing to love when it costs you something. Be willing to give it all away so you can get everything from Him in return.