1 Peter 4.16
Do you regard yourself as a solid Christian, a true disciple of Jesus? Do you pray daily? Do you read the scriptures daily, even a devotion, or such? Do you say things like,”Praise the Lord,” or “Amen,” or “Have a blessed day?” What criteria determines a good Christian? Can we believe that Christ is Lord and do nothing else that would exemplify a Christian life? How simple or complex is Christianity, what are it’s demands or conditions?
In Luke 9. 51-62 as Jesus and his band of disciples, (which were many more than the twelve,) were on the way to Jerusalem and had just been rejected by a Samaritan village when asked for accommodations for the night. Two disciples wanted revenge but Jesus rebuked them saying, ” you don’t know what kind of spirit you are of, for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”
As they continued the walk someone said , ” I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus retorted, “Foxes have holes, birds have nests, but the Son of man has nowhere to lay His Head.” Jesus told another man “follow me,” but he responded “Let me first go bury my father,” (indicating the need for time and permission from the family to go.) Jesus said, “Let the dead bury the dead, but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another said something similar about saying goodbye, but really wanted permission from the family to go, Jesus said, “No man, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom God.”
These people who were following Jesus were giving their time and resources to the cause of Christ. They had left their homes for a while, they were tired, they were seeing His miracles, His healing, His feedings, they were following, now. When put to the test though it appears they didn’t have it in them to go all the way.
The cost of true discipleship is high, don’t be fooled by modern Christianity trends. In Psalms 69.9 we read, “For zeal for Your house has consumed me, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.”
Psalms 16.6 ” I have set the LORD continually before me, Because He is at my right hand I will not be shaken.”
Galations 2.20 “I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”
Philipians 1.21 ” For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
All of these passages clearly indicate a complete surrender to a new way of life. Of complete devotion to Jesus Christ. Of being filled with the Holy Spirit daily. Of glorifying God with our lives daily. Do you feel completely consumed by Christ, have you ever been ridiculed and cast aside for your beliefs?
I hope Christ is real to you, and that you are consumed by His love, to the point of saturation.