Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Counting the Cost

Lately, I've been opening myself and my home up more and more. I am saying "yes" to God more. And that is an awesome thing. I love the thrill I get when I follow hard after God. I really love it.

However, I must admit that following hard after God does have a cost. It can mean less sleep, going against family member's wishes, being afraid, having less money, less free time.

It is so important be spending time with Jesus, letting him fill our soul, while preparing to do His work. Only then can we have the right motivations and our good works come are an outflow of His love, rather than things done in our own limited strength. When we spend time with Jesus, we will find the courage to endure those things we count as the cost of following Him. Only then will cost not feel so painful, but an opportunity to share in the suffering of Christ.
25Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26"If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14: 25-27

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