Many have said that today’s Christians are shallow, ill of deep-rooted theology, and unaware of who Christ really is in their life. And while my first reaction would be to fight this accusation, I can help but admit that we have a lack of legit disciples in our midst.
Tim Keller once said,
“Any person who only sticks with Christianity as long as things are going his or her way, is a stranger to the cross.”
10 Reasons You May Be A Stranger To The Cross:
1. Lack of repentance.
2. Have yet to proclaim Christ as Lord.
3. Zero hunger for God’s Word.
4. Failure to pursue righteousness.
5. Takes advantage of God’s grace.
6. Non-existent prayer life.
7. Only praises God when things are good.
8. Seeks theology that only gratifies self.
9. Views Jesus as nothing more than a ticket of out hell.
10. Twists biblical text to fit ones personal needs.
We must realize that a relationship with Jesus is not easy, comfortable, nor able to be mediocre. In order to have a true relationship with Christ, one must hand their entire life over to His control. We must take a step back, humble ourselves before the throne, and let our life be available for His great mission.
In The Bible
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.”
Our agenda’s should revolve around His being, and our actions should be fueled by his direction. We are not our own when in a relationship with Jesus, and the sacrifice made on the cross is our example of what true love really means. We are children of the cross, raised to life in Christ, and destined for a purpose that is greater than anything we can humanly comprehend.
Don’t be a stranger to the cross. You cannot afford to live a life that isn’t fully committed to the cause of Christ.