How far are you willing to go for Christ?
Being a follower of Christ, or being a Christian, comes along with much more than prosperity and “name it and claim it.” Certainly, God is the best ever gift-giver, but walking with Him is about much more than walking in prosperity.
Walking with Christ comes with a lot of pain, rejection, and hurts. But if we take the time to study Him, His life, and His Word then we can receive it much easier. He told us out of his own mouth:
“If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” – John 15:18-19
We must grow to a point of spiritual maturity to expect to be hated, persecuted, and misunderstood. Jesus was perfect and He experienced persecution. Why do we think we can avoid it? His life is to be an encouragement to us. He handled it and still walked in love as a way to show us how to also handle it.
Walk in love.
Don’t fight back. Don’t defend yourself. Don’t even worry about your reputation.
Just follow Christ.
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.” – Psalm 37:7-9
We live in a world full of distractions. There will always be something trying to pull us from Christ, but Christ is what we need most. Nothing, nothing compares to walking closely with Him.
Who knows the life that we can live if we let go of everything else and go after Him?
“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” – I Corinthians 2:9
So you must ask yourself: Will I follow Christ at all costs or do what everyone else around me is doing?
I have decided that I’m going to live my life. My life. Trusting Christ, following Him, keeping my eyes on Him. He is so much better than anything else this world can offer me.
I’m not perfect, but I am following Christ no matter the cost.
“Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” – John 15:16