I’ve been blogging about the two kinds of Christians – those who play it safe and those who live radically dangerous lives.
Those who play it dangerous should be willing to come to Jesus on His terms. Not our terms. Jesus does not adjust to us. We don’t come to Jesus on our own terms.
Luke 14:26-35 (ESV)
26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. 34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Men of God, we are called to live our lives for Christ. It means a giving up on what we want. It is a surrender. This is what is required for a man to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
This is his invitation to follow Him. It is not a safe invitation. It is an invitation to live the dangerous adventure we have in Christ. There is a long list of martyrs and Jesus freaks who went ahead of us and accepted the invitation. When these men accepted the invitation and live the dangerous life of abandonment for Christ – they changed history. It sure was not a boring life. It was transforming.
This blog is inspired by the book of David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream