> @StickyJesus 10) cost: everything
A lukewarm Christian life hurts you and everyone in your path. Mostly, it hurts the Father who created you. Not only is your own life disconnected from the power of the Holy Spirit, but it’s likely you are seriously confusing the people around you. And for that, you’ll be accountable someday. ~@stickyJesus
Our spiritual temperature drops when we decide the cost of committed Christ-”followship” is too great, too inconvenient, too painful. To fulfill our calling as Jesus followers and God glorifiers online or anywhere we must be willing to sacrifice…
- Time to build relationships (including the most important One of all)
- Wants and needs to serve and meet the needs of others
- Pride to endure rejection and ridicule for God’s glory
- Self to fulfill His purposes
Luke reminds us not only that the sacrifice is a daily choice, but that the rewards are worth it! “And he said to all, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.’” (Luke 9:24 ESV)
Just as Christ offered His body to be broken on our behalf we, as members of His body, have the privilege of being broken for the benefit of those whom He seeks to save! With that in mind, can we break our plans and plan time for Scripture study and prayer? Can we devote a good portion of our online time and energy to encouraging and strengthening others and delivering the love and grace of the Gospel? Can we set aside our pride, enduring negative comments and even losing readers, to stand up and stand out for Christ?
The struggle is daily but finite. The reward is unimaginable and eternal!
There simply isn’t a way to calculate what love invested on earth renders in heaven. ~ @stickyJesus
- Have you ever been tempted to water down the Christianity of your online presence in the interest of increasing or maintaining readership?
- What cost of online Christ-”followship” has been the biggest struggle for you…and can we pray for your victory over that struggle?
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