The Uninviting Gospel…

Imagine if after the sermon on Sunday, instead of the usual altar call for salvation, your pastor says

“Come follow Jesus, and you may face the loss of friends, family, reputation, career, and possibly even your life”?

How many people do you think will respond? Will you respond?

It sounds unpalatable and positively uninviting but that  is what Jesus meant when He said, “Take up your cross and follow Me.”

Mark 8:34 (NLT)

Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
Following Jesus is easy when life runs smoothly; our true commitment to Him is revealed when challenges come. True followership demands sacrifice, and Jesus never hid that cost. Jesus was quite clear on what it takes to be a disciple. His message is different from the typical gospel message.

Are you willing to follow Jesus if it means losing some of your closest friends? Are you willing to follow Jesus if it means alienation from your family? Are you willing to follow Jesus if it means the loss of your reputation? Are you willing to follow Jesus if it means losing your job? Are you willing to follow Jesus if it means losing your life?

Following Jesus does not necessarily mean all these things wi happen to you. But there are places in the world where these things are a stark reality.

Are you willing to give up your hopes, dreams, possessions, even your very life if need be for the cause of Christ?

If you willingly take up your cross and you are willing to be his disciple,  the reward is worth the price.

2 Replies to “The Uninviting Gospel…”

  1. truly Christianity is not all bread and butter. Jesus experienced challenges,endured hardship and sacrificed a lot, and so must we. I believe that Christianity that is too easy might just be close to sheer carnality. someone once said that a road without any checks usually leads nowhere. few are those who even find the narrow way, how much less walk in it. when we do or have just what we want, because it suits us, and when we do not consider all things through God’s eyes, we tend to want to have it our way- the broad way.

    like you indicated,I’m not suggesting that one must suffer in the sense of the word, but there are things which you must give up for the sake of following Christ;Apostle Paul even said not all lawful things are important. it could be as little as skipping a meal to feed someone or giving up an opportunity because it does not glorify the father.

    i am back in UNEC and i so miss you, sincerely. and i never miss any opportunity to spread the gospel of what God is doing through you to my friends. some of them already know about you and about how i have been blessed on this end of the radio.

    my main second MBBS exams are in April, and i have assessments exams in February and mock exams sometime after; please i truly need the prayers of the favoured woman. God bless you as always.

    sorry i have not been constant on the site, but i have guest posts which i would please love you to feature. thanks.

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