It’s 10pm and this is what I’m reflecting on…
The disciples of Jesus were all murdered or tortured and one committed suicide. Being a follower of Christ is not going to help you win any popularity contests, help you become weathy and heathy. A follow of Christ cannot expect to be financially secure (Jesus was broke), live in a gorgeous house (he was homeless), and have healthy relationships (Jesus’ family and friends betrayed him).
I get it. It’s not about comfort. It’s about our souls.
How can a man put in prison be joyful and singing? (Paul the Apostle) It’s because joy is found in a redeemed soul. A broken soul has no relationship with it’s Creator. We were separated from God until He sent His Son Jesus to die and break the barrier of death through his resurrection.
Many of us are fat and happy in a broken relationship with God and we have no clue that we are lost. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23 If all we care about is the present world we live in – eat, drink and be merry – it’s no wonder we say all roads lead to God or Nirvana or whatever. We don’t think we need Him. That’s when we become dangerous. If we don’t need God, then who says it’s wrong to murder, commit adultery…? We get these from God’s Word where the Ten Commandments are recorded. We need Him more than we like to admit.
And Jesus was the ONLY One who said He was God. “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6 But, in today’s world if you say Jesus is the only Way. You could be come unpopular, broke, homeless… In fact, Jesus warned us it would happen. “And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.” – Mark 13:13
If you follow Christ, are you ready for this? It scares me to death. Maybe even my own – and not suicide.