Luke 14:33 In the same way, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.
What is holding you back from God today? Maybe it is your kids’ activities. Maybe it is food. Maybe it is drugs and alcohol. Maybe it is your overcommitted schedule. Maybe it is work. Maybe it is your friends. Maybe it is your selfishness. Maybe it is material objects. Maybe it is money. Maybe it is…
I am distracted by many things every day that take me away from God and move me toward sin. What I have found is that it is hard to follow God. It is work.
Luke 14:27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
God never said it would be easy. In fact as the scripture says above, you must carry your cross before you can be his disciple. It doesn’t say, you can hand off that burden of a cross to someone else. It doesn’t say you can set it down and rest. It says you MUST carry your own cross to the finish line in order to be His disciple.
That is hard work.
I spend time most days exercising my body in some way. I usually run, but recently I have been injured and unable to do so. When I am injured I continue my regimen by doing strength training. I pop in my Jillian Michaels tape and my Jackie Warner tape and let them holler at me to keep going.
“Let it burn,” they shout at me. “Feel the burn. If it’s not burning then it’s not working. You are doing something wrong.”
“I know. I get it. Burn, burn and burn some more. For goodness sakes! Give me a break.” I shout back at the DVD Player. My dog usually cocks her head to the side and looks up from her nap at this time.
What I am saying is God’s work looks a lot like Jackie Warner’s workout. It is hard. You will want to put down that cross and take a break. Don’t do it. Let it burn. Feel the burn. Be on FIRE for Christ. After all, God is on fire for us – we should be the same for Him!
Exodus 3:2 The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.
God was on fire for Moses to see. His intensity was high so that He could get Moses’ attention. Moses was still running from life. Even though he had a new life with a new family and wife; he had escaped something in Egypt that was still on his heart. He was running from sin.
God got Moses attention and you know what? Moses listened. Moses opened his heart. He let that sin burn for God to forgive. He let God work within him. It was hard. Moses was constantly questioning God if he really wanted Moses to do his work. “Why me?” came to Moses’ mind continually, but he went through the burn. Moses continued the fight even when it seemed hopeless.
STOP allowing your situation from following God. He loves you just where you are and is willing to take you to great places! He doesn’t dwell on your sins. He just wants you to take up that cross and follow him.
Take it to the finish.
Let it burn for God.
Let Him cheer you on to the finish line!