“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me”
During a church evangelism outreach sometime last year, we came across a woman who used to be a Muslim, but converted to Christianity because she was told that her life would be better and more comfortable if she came to church. However, even after professing Christianity and attending church regularly, she still had challenges in her life.
By the time we met her, she had decided that Christianity was not for her and had gone back to her old religion; She had not been taught what Christianity truly meant. That is the same for many people all over the world. They are sold the idea that the purpose of Christianity is seeking God so he can give you wealth, health and everything in between.
But that is not what the Bible teaches. Even though God blesses and God heals, anything that you can get outside of Christ cannot be the purpose of Christianity. If you are true to yourself, you can count on both fingers people who are very rich, have beautiful families, live in health and don’t even believe in God. Even then, those people should still earn your pity, because they do not have Christ, hence, they do not have eternal life.
Jesus did not die and rise again simply to feed our lustful desires, or to fuel our self centredness. He admonishes us: “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt 16:24-26).
Col 3:3 tells us: “For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” That is the testimony of a Christian, and it is a testimony worth celebrating because “when Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory” (Col 3:4).
SAY THIS: I love God because he first loved me. My love for Him is not dependent on things.