There were always obstacles.
There was always opposition.
It seems that following Jesus often comes too easy for many of us.
Little push back.
Little trust required.
The conclusion I’ve come to…
We’re doing it wrong.
- Jesus said in John 16:33 that we would have trouble.
- We’re told in Mark 8:35 that we must always take up our cross.
- In Acts 9, Paul immediately faced persecution for his decision to submit to Christ.
- Moses listened to complainers.
- Stephen was killed.
It’s always tough to follow Jesus…If we’re doing it right.
Jesus wants our complete surrender, our everything.
That often means that He calls us out of our comfort zone into complete reliance on Him.
This goes against all that we’re taught,
all that we’re conditioned to be,
all that our sinful nature directs us to.
But if we want to follow Christ in complete surrender,
we learn to submit,
we learn to take up our cross and follow Him.
Maybe following Christ hasn’t gotten any easier since the days of Paul, Peter, and Stephen,
We’ve quit following.