The price of Christianity is high. Are you prepared to pay it? True, Jesus paid the price for our sins. But we have a price to pay for following Him. We don’t belong to this world, and the rest of the world knows it. Jesus told us as much.
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24)
The cross is not your very real burdens or aches and pains, the cross is your death sentence. I frequently remember a critical moment in my coming to Christ when I realized I may, in fact, die for this. That is the only rational view of every Christian – because that is exactly what Jesus said would happen (Matthew 24:9, Luke 21:17, John 15:18-21). There is No Crown Without a Cross.
Since that time I have believed that Martyrdom is a very real possibility for me, and for every single Christian. I believe that unless we weigh the cost of discipleship, we will be unprepared to follow it through.
So again and again I am heartbroken and unsurprised when I read of the horrors our Brothers and Sisters face around the world.
Take a look at these articles in succession, and consider for a moment: Just how serious is your faith?
- John Stonestreet declares, “…our faith has to be more than just a pastime.” Buzzfeed, Time, & Model Airplane Faith CHRISTIANITY ISN’T A HOBBY By: John Stonestreet
- ISIS executes 12 Christians—including boy and 2 women who were raped in public and beheaded—for refusing to renounce Jesus | Christian News on Christian TodayAnd lest you think this only happens “Over there”…
- It has been said that the bravest person in America was the next person to answer “Yes, I am a Christian”. Oregon Shooting: ‘Are you a Christian?’ gunman asks students before opening fire
Without debate, without equivocation on tangential issues, answer the question, are you ready to suffer terribly and die unjustly for Jesus? Only then are you prepared to live for Him.
“Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” (Luke 17:33, NASB95)