Thursday, January 24, 2008

I won’t because it might cost me something

Why won’t some believe? Because they are unwilling to potentially lose their position, reputation, power, sin, worldly comfort, personal gratification, time, relationship, and possibly reputation. It really comes down to pride and selfishness that prevents people from believing even when the evidence is overwhelming. They are not willing to die to self and give it up for Christ. The things of this world are just too important.

There are even some who call themselves Christians who fall into this category. They will follow Christ when and where it is easy, but when the going gets tough and the price gets too high, they are nowhere to be found. Well, actually you can find them. They are still living for themselves, talking the talk, but not walking the walk. In fact, you can often find them criticizing and demeaning those who truly believe and are laying it all down out of love and obedience for the Kingdom.

Take a look at this account from the gospel of John:
Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did {raised Lazarus & performed miracles}, put their faith in him. But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. "What are we accomplishing?" they asked. "Here is this man performing many miraculous signs. If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place {position & reputation} and our nation {power}." - John 11:45-48


Gord said...

Great post, Eric. I only have one thing to add.

The cost of not walking by faith and belief in Jesus Christ is far more costly than the loss experienced in the temporal.

"For what shall it profit a man, if he should gain the whole world, and lose his own soul." - Mark 8:36

Eric Jones said...

Great add Gord and Amen!