Matthew 10:38-39 (NIV) “…and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
In a world of injustice, corruption and illusion, being an ally of the truth is a matter of… death.
When people seek the refuge of a particular religion, they oftentimes search for a faith tradition that can serve as a means of comfort, happiness and security among trustworthy peers. Today’s Christianity is no exception.
But the Christianity of Christ is not about comfort… it is about death in this world order, for the sake of establishing and expanding the Kingdom of God and the renewal of His creation…
Take a look at today’s average “Christian” and compare him or her to the brave, persecuted minority of the first 3 centuries of the Church’s existence. It doesn’t take a genius or rocket scientist to realize that if 3rd century “Christians” were like those of today, that the Faith of Christ would’ve never survived passed 2 generations.
If the disciples of the Apostles were like modern Christians, the Church of Christ would be a faint historical burp that would barely fill a page of your average High School history text book!
Is there bliss in serving God as a true Christian? Of course! But that bliss is not found in external entertainments, but rather, in knowing the Father of Lord Christ in an intimate and personal way. In other words, the bliss of true Christianity is not found in church activities, dramas, playing baseball with the Methodists, or bowling with Catholics.
The bliss of true Christianity is found only on the Cross.
When a person is called to follow Lord Jesus as a disciple, he or she is immediately invited to give up everything that is precious to them, even their lives, and to invest their whole being and resources in the pursuit and expansion of God’s Kingdom through daily living.
True Christianity is not for everyone… It is only for those who are truly willing to be witnesses of the truth at all costs…even at the expense of their own lives!
Just as not everyone who says “Lord Lord!” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, in the same way, not everyone who has been baptized and/or raised in a church, can properly call him or herself a Christian.
Only those who have died to their own interests, preferences and prejudices for the sake of the Kingdom of God, can actually be called true Christians. Embracing the cross as a disciple of Christ, means to live in this world while dying every day to our own personal ambitions, dreams and desire to be respected by the mob.
Christianity is a cross…an instrument of death where our egos must be crucified on a daily basis for the sake of the Kingdom of God and the establishment of true righteousness. In fact, there is no such thing as a Christian who lives unto him or herself… We are to die to ourselves so that only Christ can live through us.
Please understand… that if you want to be a true Christ-follower, that you will suffer.
2Timothy 3:2- In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
Your life will become a microcosm of Christ’s earthly life 2000 years ago. You will love, forgive, and live sacrificially for the well-being of others, only to be betrayed and crucified, while just a handful of persons will cautiously stand by in fear of dying for having associated with you.
But the Christ-follower is not to be pitied. True Christians live otherworldly lives in the understanding that these bodies and this earthly platform are continuously passing away… while the knowledge of God endures forever.
We live to be witnesses of the raw truth in rebellion to lying Satan.
Christianity is a cross… If you want a religion that will give you personal peace, tranquility and lots of temporary entertainment, then please do not consider true Christianity! For only those who leave everything are worthy of bearing the Name of Christ.
If you want to become a Christian… please understand, that you will be required to die on a daily basis for the salvation and liberation of others. If you’re seeking primarily after your own benefit… forget about Christianity.
But if you truly want to follow the Christ… then you must embrace your instrument of death: the cross, so that what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for His people can be fulfilled through your participatory self-immolation. In fact… If you want to be a Christian, you must want to be Christ to the world.
But remember… after the Cross, THE RESURRECTION!