Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Are you sure you want to follow Jesus?

Jesus had a large following. Many who liked his teaching, a large number who appreciated his healing ministry, and I am sure many who were just caught up in all of the excitement. So Jesus decided to gather everyone together to keep the excitement rolling and ensure the continued growth of the ministry right? Wrong!

Here is the message Jesus delivered:
If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels. Mark 8:34-38
Following Jesus is not a gravy train. It’s not just about what we get, but also about what we must give. It doesn’t come without a price. It will cost us everything. We no longer live for ourselves or put our cares at the front of the line. Do you really want to follow Jesus? Well, Jesus himself has defined the cost of being his follower – death. The amazing thing is that the result of this death is life.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very well said! And it is something that needs to be said often enough to keep it in the minds of any who would follow Jesus.