I know that many of you read the “Upper Room Daily Devotional”. There are also children and youth versions of this publication. The children’s version is called “Pockets” and the youth have “DevoZine”. I’ve been a long time reader of the “Upper Room”. I especially find it useful during Lent. A while back I found a great article about the cost of following Christ.
From her book Loving the World with God by Rebecca Dwight Bruff, Ms. Bruff relates the following:
Following Jesus is courageous, risky, adventurous, and thoroughly disruptive. Following Jesus is an act of trust-filled surrender to the discipline of love that ultimately frees us for a life of abundant mercy. Jesus warned and promised his first apprentices, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23-24).
Following Jesus is demanding, no question. Following Jesus into the world and loving the world with God will stress and stretch us. But it will also bring us unexpected and inexplicable joy.
In other words, following Christ can be risky business. Following Christ is something that we cannot or should not enter lightly. Rather, we need to realize and celebrate the fact that our decision to follow Christ is a life changing and transforming process.
But here’s the good news . . . it’s worth it! Making the decision to follow Christ completely changes who we think we are and who we will be. The old life has died and the new life begins as we enter this relationship with Christ.
As we have come through another Lenten season, and, as we enter a new Easter season, my hope is that we remember that with both we have refreshed and renewed our commitment to follow Christ! We have found a new beginning and a new path. We haven’t simply “gone through the motions” and we are beginning with new enthusiasm and hope.
May God inspire each of us to be filled with life, light and hope as we move forward.