Just how far are we willing to take this whole "faith" thing?
Are we only willing to go as far as the doors of our local church or are we ready to cross oceans if He calls us?
Until He asks us to give up our wealth? Or are we willing to give everything we have?
Just as long as it doesn't affect our safety? Or did we forget that He gave His life?
Right up til He asks me to change myself? Or would I let Him mold me into a new creation?
Only in good times? Only in need? Or is He my go-to in any and every circumstance?
Just until He won't fix my circumstance? Or am I willing to go through any hardship for His Glory?
Only until people start to make fun? Or will I keep my eyes focused on Jesus and His purpose for me while not caring if I am the butt of a joke?
Just until I lose friends? Or am I willing to go alone wherever He leads?
Just until the persecution gets to be too much? Or will I find joy in suffering for Jesus because that is confirmation that I am following His plan for me?
Only as far as my He will let me go without requiring sacrifice?
Until I'm asked to give up my worldly comforts? Or would I still follow Him if I lived in a box on the street?
Just as long as I keep my life? Or would I freely give my last breath in obedience to His requests?
My life is not about me. It's not about me being successful or rich, comfortable or happy. It's about furthering the Gospel of Christ, so that God gets the glory and more people come to Him. Am I doing everything possible, giving up as much time as He asks to speak His truth? Or do I live based on what I want and what I think is important and what I don't want to give up? Am I taking up my Cross every day to live a life of service to Him and others? Am I loving others even when it means swallowing my pride and asking for forgiveness? Am I forgiving my worst enemy for the sake of righteousness with my Savior? Am I sacrificing my own needs and wants to be as close to Him as I possibly can?
It's hard to live in a world where every advertisement that we see says that we deserve the best and that we should do what feels good in the moment, but those are lies that the enemy tells us to try and keep us sinning and not being obedient to God. Christians are called to be different from the world. We were made to stand out, not to blend in. If we claim Jesus as our Savior, then we must be willing to make sacrifices for Him. He WILL call us to give up things that stand in the way of our relationship with Him. Jesus gave His own life so that we can have a relationship with the Father, and He did it knowing full well that we have nothing but dirty rags to offer in return. What greater example of self-sacrifice and love could there ever be?
What is it that the Lord is asking you to give up? Is He calling you to do something that scares you? What is He asking of you today? He won't force his will upon you. He gives us free will to choose whether to be obedient. Will we give all that we have and all that we are for the good of the Gospel or will we continue to blend in with the rest of the world?