Whoa. That title is harsh, huh?
Yep, it took me a minute or two to convince myself to actually title this post that way.
But let me tell you something. We don’t need sugar-coating.
When we meet our Lord at the end of our lives, He isn’t going to pat us gently on our shoulder when we take a moment to explain why we didn’t show others His love, or truly follow Him in the ways He placed before our feet. As Christians, we need to realize that His Way isn’t always the way that is EASIEST or the way that makes others the happiest.
1 John 2:3-4 ESV
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him
Romans 11:19-22 ESV
Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.
Our God is a demanding God. He is relentless until we give ourselves completely over to Him. If anyone ever alludes to you that following Christ is easy, that person doesn’t truly know what being a Christian is all about.
If He asked you to move more than 1,000 miles away from your family, and go from making over $100,000/year to making half of that, would you do it? Or would you find an excuse to stay?
What if it meant many you thought were your friends and close to you suddenly turned their backs on you?
Would you still go? Or would you say, “Well, maybe I should stay – I don’t want to disappoint anyone.”
Galatians 1:10 ESV
For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
The way to lead others to Christ is to be right where God wants you, right when He wants you there.
The way to lead others to Christ is to let His light emanate from you, so that just in being you are bringing His Spirit with you wherever you go.
If you are not following God, above all else (and anyone else – and their thinking), how can you accomplish anything for His Kingdom?
We can talk the talk and walk the walk – as long as it is an easy road, all we want, but if something happens that isn’t in our plans, and we don’t face that decision, or challenge, or change with a Christlike heart, all our preaching and Bible-quoting is in vain. For if we are truly Christ-followers, our lives will be a testimony to Him and the way He walked upon this Earth.
John 5:44 ESV
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?