In today’s world, discipleship is a very hard sell, whether we are willing to admit it or not. Denying ourselves and taking up the hard and difficult things of life while Jesus leads the way is often times not easy. People want to come to God on their own terms which make two things very hard to happen; those are total surrender which then leads to growth and transformation.
Jesus spells out below the cost of discipleship:
24Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25For whoever wants to save his life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. 26What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? 27For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. 28I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” – Matthew 16:24-28 (NIV)
I know I’ve blogged this before, but it so at the core of who I am today that I can’t seem to shut up about it. Yes, I screw up and fall short, but I am learning to get better at holding on to Jesus then trying to balance on my own. So let me ask you: Are you willing to walk in faith and not your feelings today? Are you willing to obey what he speaks to your heart even when it doesn’t make sense and you can’t fit all the pieces together? Are you willing to get out of yourself and try to see things from God’s perspective for a change? Are you willing to take the time you need to spend with him so that your “personal relationship” you claim to have with him really is one? Are you willing to lose the things of this world by being able to see the heavenly gain that will one day be yours? Are you willing to be transformed? Yes, you’ll be a different person, you’ll be walking not only in daily surrender but you will be growing and transforming into Christ likeness. I know it’s hard, and so I’d ask you to go to God now and ask him to help you. Start small, start slow. Just talk to him. Ask him to speak to you today. Maybe it’s in the Word, maybe it’s through a friend or a child. He’s always speaking to us, if we’ll take the time to hear him. I have a hard time with this, so I find that I have to constantly ask him for help. It’s all a journey, and the more we are willing to accept that the more peace we will have. I think we get so goal oriented and results ! driven that we miss the simple subtle things that he’s trying to teach us. Be patient with yourself, God is. He loves you and he knows how to get your attention, so just chill out and ask him to reveal himself to you. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised where you find him. Be encouraged, Robin.
Thanks Robin for sharing with us the above from your blog desperatefor moreofhim.com