Are we too comfortable? Are we too in love with our stuff, our cars, our houses, our jobs, our vacations, our computers, our iPhones, ourselves? Are we, and by we I mean the church in the West, are we too spoiled to live for Jesus?
Think about Jesus’ call on your life as a Christian:
“If anyone come to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26,27
The point here (and in the original Greek) is not hate in the sense that comes to our minds. It means “to love less.” The point is that if we love anything more than we love Jesus, we can’t be His disciple.
So, the next question is, what do you love most?
I ask this because I struggle daily with His call on my life. I feel an inward pull, and inward call, to let go and to follow Christ fully. I have this desire to quit being afraid and to listen to that call and go where He sends me. But then I think about all the comforts I enjoy, and I wonder: could I really give them up? And if I can’t, am I His disciple?
Is this awesome transaction that takes place in the heart of sinful man when we accept Christ as our Savior complete if He is not also Lord of our life?
What am I holding onto? Am I more in love with the comforts of this world than with Jesus? What is keeping me from believing and trusting that the Lord of all Creation can provide wherever He calls? What is keeping me from stepping out and trusting Him fully?
What is keeping you from doing the same? Are we trading picket fences and apple pie for the call of Christ?