Everyday we interact in a world, where vanities and promiscuities are prevalent, interspersed with the self-absorbed, self-righteous and egotistical attitude – filled with the need to get and get some more, the greed perpetually increasing, altering the sacrificial nature of God that’s within man. The willingness to sacrifice for the things of God, becomes a foreign notion. Thus true righteousness in Christ is frowned upon, seen as just a fictional fallacy – losing it all for Him, is utterly incomprehensible. The cross morphed by society into a symbol of bigotry. Good becoming bad, sin growing as an acceptable modern culture. As the slide continues, the only true ray of light is the life believers live, fully entrenched within the conviction of Jesus Christ words. If you think it’ll be easy, then you are gravely mistaken.
The cross will cost you. Friendships, relationships, jobs, finances et al, the cross will cost the lot and more. Can we truly grasp the magnitude and appreciate more, how much our salvation costed Jesus Christ? Hebrews 2:9b (that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone). Think about it for a minute, He bore all the shameful sins and eternal death of mankind; yet under that condemnation and weight, God the Father turned away from Him at that moment. Hence He cried out “My God, My God, why has thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46). Mankind has taken the cross for granted, we all have; time and time again we knowingly and willingly commit sin, only to ask for grace and forgiveness, the next minute, it becomes like an item to turn on and off. As Christians and true believers of Christ, can we willfully sacrifice our very livelihood for the cross? Despite its insufferable essence sometimes? It’s very easy to give up on the cross, when the going gets tough, when life decides against giving you, a pair of aces, but rather, a 7 and a 4. The bills are racking up, never ending debts, relationships turn sour et al. The urge to get money at all cost, becomes the new aim. Likewise when at the top of the chain, a comfortable life could lead to a diminish desire for the cross and its grace. But it never should be so. In Matthew 10:33 (But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven). A verse, we all should always keep in mind.
Understanding the depths of the cross, allows us to go through trials and tribulations with our faith, firmly in Christ. Colossians 2:9 (in Him we have fullness of life). Abraham, showed true faith and loyalty, when he was willing to sacrifice his only son to God. The cost of the cross, can only be comprehended by a firm born-again believer in Jesus; who strife to live a righteous life, everyday of the week, not just on Sundays. Don’t let the physical rule the spiritual. Don’t just love the blessings of God, but also the life involved as well – The Truth. Luke 14:26-27 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” The willingness to lose it all and follow Jesus Christ, is the true cost of the cross.
What would it feel like, if we were to stand before God on judgement day and Jesus denies us, because we denied Him with our compromising life-style, on earth? That would be equivalent to the black hole, the emptiness we’d feel inside. Matthew 6:24 (no one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other). Materialistic Vanity or Jesus Christ – choose. Is it that simple? Well, only time and circumstances will tell.
On a different note, if you haven’t before, check out this movie, “Do you believe”. It’s amazing.