Thursday, August 18, 2011

Are YOU following Christ?

In my daily Bible reading, I read this passage:
Luke 9:59-62,  "...He said to another man, "Follow me." But the man replied, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father." Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God." Still another said, "I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family." Jesus replied, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God."...Wow. Are you willing to give up EVERYTHING you have to follow Christ? That's what it takes. Put Christ above ALL else. Be ready to go when he says 'go'.  Ready to give when he says 'give.' Ready to do whatever He says WHEN He says.
This is a portion taken from Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love (which if you haven’t read I would definitely encourage you to do so!):
                “How many of us would really leave our families, our jobs, our education, our friends, our connections, our familiar surroundings, and our homes if Jesus asked us to? If He just showed up and said, “Follow me”? No explanation. No direction.
                You could follow Him straight up a hill to be crucified. Maybe He would lead you to another country, and you would never see your family again. Or perhaps you would stay put, but He would ask you to spend your time helping people who will never love you back and never show gratitude for what you gave up.
                Consider this carefully—have you ever done so? Or was you decision to follow Christ flippant, based solely on feelings and emotion, made without counting the cost?
                What scares me the most are the people who are lukewarm and just don’t care. I think that if I did a poll of the readers of this book, many would say, “Yeah, I am definitely lukewarm at times, but I’m not really at a place to give more to God.” Many of us believe we have as much of God as we want right now, a reasonable portion of God among all the other things in our lives. Most of our thoughts are centered on the money we make, the school we want to attend, the body we aspire to have, the spouse we want to marry, the kind of person we want to become…But the fact is that nothing should concern us more than our relationship with God; it’s about eternity, and nothing compares to that. God is not someone who can be tacked on to our lives.
                …Here me clearly in this, because it is vital—in fact, there is nothing more important or eternal: “Are you willing to say to God that He can have whatever He wants? Do you believe that wholehearted commitment to Him is more important than any other thing or person in your life? Do you know that nothing you do in life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loved the people He made?”
                If the answer to those questions is yes, then let your bet match your talk. True faith means holding nothing back; it bets everything on the hope of eternity.”

Wow. Francis Chan hit it spot on. That is really hard to accept sometimes – are you giving EVERYTHING to Christ? If God told you RIGHT NOW to sell everything to you had and give to someone in need – would you do it?

Think about it.
Are you following Christ as his commanded?

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