Then Jesus said to his disciples, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.
And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me.
My question is do you identify with these verses? Are you taking up your cross to follow God? Are you truly Jesus' disciple and are you doing what He calls you to do- which includes giving up your self and selfishness in order to follow Him.
Do you ever feel like theirs so many Christians and out of those so many Christians, it often seems that only a few of them are genuine. That so many of them are faking it, or living it because of their friends, or really not knowing what they believe but claiming the Christianity "safety net" so that in case God is real they can be "saved". In Revelation 3:16- it says that the lukewarm, that those who say they love God but don't really or those who ride the fence but won't truly sacrifice for Christ, will be spit out of His mouth.
Have you ever thought about the cost of following God? I mean yes God is wonderful and He loves us and He is our savior but He also asks that if we follow Him we give Him our everything.
Have you ever questioned what Go wants for us? What sacrifices do we need to make for God? What do we have to give up? Think about the rich man in the Bible. In Matthew 19 it tells his story and about how even though He had been keeping God's commandments- he thought that would be enough for God- but it wasn't. The Lord asked him to give it all up and because he was unwilling, Jesus said
"it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God."
God really does want our all. He is not happy with a five minute devotional thought everyday or the fact that we attend a Christian school or that we don't drink or party and we do our homework and get good grades. Let me remind you that in the end our grades won't matter, our popularity status and joker picture won't matter, but what we do for Christ or what we do for Christ will matter.
In college I've seen this sign that says pick two: good grades, social life, or health. I would dare to say that sometimes it truly is a dilemma like this and we have to pick our priorities. We have faith, health, school, friends, work. Who do you choose? Yes your in school and it's great to focus and study hard but I pray that you realize your identity in Christ is so much more than a student.
What are you currently sacrificing for God? Have you ever suffered for Christ? And if you can't think of anything.. I just want to challenge you to really seek out yourself and your beliefs and question how well you know your Savior.
God wants to bless you. He loves you and He is so worthy of any sacrifice we can make- because He is indescribable. But I pray that you take the time to really look at the costs of following God and really say God what cross do you want me to carry for you? What do you need me to give up in your name? And then I pray that you would take up your cross and follow God because He will bless you so much more than you could ever dream of.