This devotional makes us think about who Christ is, why we follow Him, and what it cost Him. Then we must determine whether we are willing to take up the cross of Christ and follow Him.
Christ calls men to carry a cross!
“Then Jesus said to His disciples: If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever!” 1 John 2:15,17
Any appeal to the public in the name of Christ which rises no higher than an invitation to tranquility—must be recognized as mere humanism, with a few words of Jesus thrown in to make it appear Christian.
Christ calls men to carry a cross–but we call them to have fun in His name.
Christ calls them to forsake the world–but we assure them that if they but accept Jesus, the world is their playground.
Christ calls them to suffer–but we call them to enjoy all the bourgeois comforts modern civilization affords.
Christ calls them to holiness–but we call them to a cheap and tawdry happiness.
We can afford to suffer now–we will have a long eternity to enjoy ourselves. And our enjoyment will be valid and pure, for it will come in the right way and at the right time.
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We now have a choice to make. Follow Christ or follow the world.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001