Understand this, that Jesus was very serious when He called His disciples to follow Him. He did not call them for a day camp, then sent them home to do their own thing.
He called them to a life of dedication, discipline, and radical faith. He shook them into the realization that they are in it to win it!
He is calling you this very day. He is calling you to lay down all your inhibitions. To boldly lay your life down for Him, for the sake of the call, to do His will without regard for your own life.
He spoke with incredible earnestness to them at that time to press on to the end. To keep their eyes upon Him and not to what men think or say. He is speaking to you to do the same at this very hour.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
He said such shocking statements to them most believers in this time would scoff at the thought. But He was not joking, not in the slightest.
Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:38
Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Matthew 16:24
Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:34-39
When you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, then step out in radical faith to follow Him, there is no turning back. You have come into the service of the King of kings and Lord of lords.
You are now His servant and friend. You are His servant, so you must obey His every word. But He also says that you are His friend and joint-heir to the Kingdom of God. Which brings with it unimaginable benefits.
Whatever He tells you to do you must do. Wherever He says to go you must go. No matter how ridiculous it may seem, no matter how reckless or foolish it seems to mankind, you must do it.
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. John 6:53-56
Jesus is calling you to radical faith, to a life of dedication, and complete loyalty to His plan, purpose, and will. He is calling you to disregard the ways of man and bow before the God of the Universe.
Do not be afraid and do not worry about your life, for God is always with you. He will guide you and uplift you. He will never leave your side.
You are called not to please man, but to honor, glorify, and please the Lord God. He will honor those who become fools for Christ and bring to shame all those who think they are wise.
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:27-31
Determine in your heart and soul this day to pick up your cross of suffering, follow the Lord Jesus Christ no matter the cost. Obey His every command and leading. He rewards and honors those who obey.
Turn your feeble faith into an unshakeable faith! Turn your tiny meow into a mighty roar! Shake off your old and useless garments of shame, weakness, and hurt and put on the armor of God. Put on the Spirit of the Lord and boldly charge into the fray with no regard for your own life.
It is the Spirit of the Lord that will bring you courage, power, and strength to do what needs to be done. He will never let you down.
There is no greater call than the call to radical faith in Christ Jesus. There is no greater reward than to be called one of the Sons of God.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20