Being a disciple of Jesus is more than just being a believer. It is one thing to believe, it is a totally different thing to live out what you believe. Jesus tells us that in order to be His disciple, we must learn to bear our own cross. This indicates that being a disciple is not an easy thing and that I will cost you everything you hold dear. It will cost you family, friends, jobs, money, and even your life. By that I mean that Jesus most come before anything or anyone else. You say, Pastor that is not fair! I say, His dying for us was not fair. Jesus gave up everything that meant anything to serve the Father and us.
Philippians 2:7-8 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
1. Jesus was not concerned with how much others liked Him. He just did right!
2. Jesus was not concerned with how comfortable He could be. He just wanted others to enjoy the Father!
3. Jesus, God in the flesh, taught us to be servants. Although He is the master, He became the servant!
4. Jesus was not concerned about His own will, but He was concerned about the will of the Father. He wanted to please the Father in all He did! Do you?
Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
Being a true disciple is hard. It takes sacrifice and determination. This thing called Christianity is indeed a surrendered life.
Prayer: Father, may I be able to pray as Jesus did. Not my will, but Thine be done. Let me be a true disciple of Jesus and follow after Him. Help me be willing to do all that is required of me. Thank you for the sacrifice Jesus made to bring me into your family. I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.
Psalms 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.