First off, the more people I get on my LJ, the more impressed I am by all of them. I certainly have a range of people… in the way they write, the way they live, in the way they view the journal. And it’s a great way to start the morning. I just come to work, and take a look at the previous day’s entries by everyone. I learn so much in 20 minutes =).
Anyway, I wanted to copy a Bible verse from Lindsay about being a disciple of Christ and what the cost is.
The Cost of Being a Disciple
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’
“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.
Jesus is famous for using hyperbole in his sermons, so he’s not saying you must hate your mother and father to be a Christian. That would be against so much of what the Bible said. What he is saying is that God must come first over everything. And, furthermore, it can’t be something done halfheartedly or with little thought for what it all means. You can’t just turn on the Jesus switch (as, unfortunately, most modern Christians do). It is a life-changing event, which, like Lindsay said, takes over everything else:
“Becoming a Christian isn’t just something you add to the list of things you do (I’m a sister, daughter, college student, Christian.) It’s ALL that you become. It’s takes all your other identities away. Knowing yourself in Christ allows you to truly know yourself.”
The life of Christ isn’t a day trip. It a road that lasts your entire life. And the road itself is smooth, it just seems like we all spend so much time not focusing on everything ahead of us, and instead on everything else that we eventually run off the road and have to try to get back on again.