The decision we make to follow Christ is ours to make…for free. We have free will, a gift from God. Now what? We need to spend time learning about Jesus, His life and His message and how we can contribute. We need to spend time reading God’s Word, we need to spend time in worship listening and we need to pray. All of these things we help us grow stronger on the inside…on the inside, where selfishness and a desire to serve ourselves first has set-up base camp. Here is where the battle gets difficult…in order to follow Christ we must be willing to make deciesions to deny the desires of self. We must reject the negative thoughts and judgements in our minds, put to rest the anger and the selfish beliefs. This is not an easy thing to do and don’t let anyone tell you it is, this is a battle and a struggle every day. If you don’t believe it, look around the world…what do you see? The decision to follow Jesus Christ is just the beginning…the cost to see it through is the rejection of sin and the sinful nature that the world promotes. May God grant us wisdom, courage and strength to go with us each day. Amen.
“Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
(This photo was taken in June of 2016 at a lake near Plymouth, Minnesota)