It’s Not Easy

Certainly the title of this bog”Get’s your attention,” because there is so much about life that is not easy.  For example, trying to get service work on your car at a dealership can be a tough matter.  Not that I have spend a day in phone tag with a dealership.  Many things in life are not easy.

However this is not what the Lord dealt with me about this morning.  Todays readings were Luke 11-15, Romans 12-13.  The words of Christ were so fresh and so convicting today, “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple,” Luke 14:27.

Certainly I have read this words man times and have preached from this text many times.  However today it took on the most intense meaning ever in my life.  Today I was challenged that following Christ is not easy.

Adrian Rogers wrote, “Salvation is free, but discipleship costs.”  Brothers and sisters, “has this been true in your life?”  I have discovered that often my walk with Christ has not cost because I have often put myself first, my relationships first, my comfort first, my agenda first.

God challenged me at my deepest point and said, “What is your faith all about and what do I mean to you?”  In this moment I did not like some of the things that I saw as I investigated my faith and my love for Christ.  I did not like that my faith was sometimes a convient thing in that I am blessed and I am honored for being a pastor.  I did not like that I sometimes love Christ in the morning but I forget Him during the day.  I did not like that I sometimes fail to love Him when life is hard.

I found myself falling into my grandfather’s recliner and crying out, “Lord I want to relinquish all of self and I want to love you as my Lord consistently every day.”  Oh how I felt the sweet hand of the Lord lifting me up and saying, “I forgive you, love me unconditionally and walk in holiness before me and in love toward those around you.  This is all I ask.”

I thought of Micah 6:8 at this moment, “He has shown you, O man, what is Good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

These things are not easy, when we live according to the flesh and we fail to live out our faith.  I want you to know that I am praying for you as you pray for me that we would live out Micah 6:8.

Here is how Paul described what I have written about today, “And do not ne conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God,” Romans 12:2.

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