“…keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.”
Hebrews 12:2 HCSB
Service men have come to a point where they would rather die for their country than stay home and do nothing. That’s the goal of their lives – to die fighting. This should be our disposition as it concerns the preaching of the gospel.
Look at what the disciples gave up to be fishers of men. They could have made a fortune from their fishing business but gave it all to follow Jesus. (Luke 5)
Paul will always be a surprise in this area. He began to preach as soon as he believed the gospel even though his life was immediately in danger. (Acts 9, Philippians 3:4)
Is Jesus worth more than anything to you? Look at what Paul suffered to gain Christ. Can you catch yourself at those moments when you have nothing and still count Jesus as a great gain? What if you had great wealth, will Jesus mean anything to you?
Dear believer, our reason for following Jesus should be much more than what we have but who He is. He owns our very lives. Following Jesus should not be an escape plan. It should not be for a promise of reward.
The men who followed Christ in Scriptures had things going for them but they gave it all to be with Christ. They didn’t go after the things of God like it’s a great burden. They did it with great joy. We ought to do the same too. If that’s what it takes, die fighting and preaching the gospel.
DO THIS: Reflect on today’s devotion and ear mark practical ways to boldly follow Christ from now on.
Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 19:39-48, Titus 3:1-8, Proverbs 16:1-16, Esther 3-4