Earlier this morning, as I was reading a blog called There Is No I In Doulos by Blessings2you , I found myself reflecting on these words: But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Can I, in all honesty also say them? Can you?
Over the past several days, I have been reading blogs written by both B2Y and Arisensleeper ( We Are All Slaves ) on the topic of being a bond servant of Jesus Christ. As I have been reading these blogs, I have thought about how many of us, as Christians, do not want to talk about that topic. We want to talk about the blessings of God but we do not want to talk about the price paid for them. We want to feast at the table but we do not want to toil in the field or if we do, we want it to be in some state of the art tractor with air-conditioning, where we are listening to our favorite music, watching our favorite movies and eating our favorite food. In other words, there is no cost or effort involved on our part.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].
For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting]. Matthew 16:24-25 (AMP)
I believe these words are as true for us today as they were nearly 2,000 years ago. Are we truly willing to stand before God with open hands, laying everything we have, everything near and dear to us, our position, our health, everything at His feet? Are we willing to follow Him, even if it is on a difficult and dark road? Are we willing to following Him even if it is on a path of persecution or other forms of suffering? Are we willing to follow Him even if it means we must pass through loneliness and even grief?
I pray that those who read this blog will not answer too quickly. I pray that they will stop and reflect upon these words. I pray that they will answer these questions honestly for if your lips say yes but your heart says no... well, God hears what the heart says.
May we never forget the cross and the price which Jesus paid for our salvation. May we never forget what it means to be called... a Christian.