Faithfully following Jesus is anything but easy. It's a heart change that is devoted to life change that remains in that life with Jesus. If we are to follow Jesus, then we need to be more like Him in every way.
It takes sacrifice, dedication, self-discipline, self-control, humility and daily surrender to The Cross.
It's knowing we will face ridicule, attacks, being hated, being accused of things, made fun of, denied, betrayed, being used and lied to. It's about denying ourself no matter the circumstance to illuminate the message of God's Good News. It's about taking up our cross to follow Jesus. By taking up our cross, it means we will face pain, heartache, many tears and possibly death.
Jesus not only took up His cross, but carried His cross and died on The Cross for every sinner to obediently complete His Father's will. Jesus didn't live a mediocre life. He was intentional in everything He did and said. His life was all about pointing others to His Heavenly Father, repenting from sin and living a worthy life fit for God's Kingdom. He didn't water His message down with smooth words. He was a flame of truth, genuine love and burning passion that drew people to His light.
Are you living a watered down version of what life with Jesus is truly about? Have you truly taken up your cross, or do you drag it behind you chained to idolatry and greed?
What are you focused on?
What do you value?
The message of Jesus is simple. Repent, for the Kingdom of God is near, Matthew 3:2.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.
Have a purposeful kind of day!
Grace, peace & love to all