January 13, 2011

It costs to serve Him

Used with permission by Crosswalker

 “To serve me,” Jesus declared, “you must take up a cross.”
(Luke 9:23)

What a stark statement. Jesus is our example and He suffered immensely.

There is cost to serving Him:

• Leave all to follow Him. (Luke 14:25-33)
• Sell what you have and give it away to the poor. (Luke 18:22)
• To be like He was, no permanent home. (Luke 9:57-58)
• “You will be hated for my sake.” (Matthew 10:22)
• Parable after parable Jesus commands us to “Count the cost”.

King David knew there was a cost to serving God:

1 Chronicles 21:24 (Amplified Bible)
And King David said to Ornan, No, but I will pay the full price. I will not take what is yours for the Lord, nor offer burnt offerings which cost me nothing.

Sooner or later in our Christian walk we come to this painful realization of the great cost involved in following after Him. There is a cross we must take up and Jesus asks in Matthew 20:22

“..Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”
There are seasons in our Christian walk that are full of anguish and suffering. He asks that we become “imitators of Him”. (Ephesians 5:1)

There is a cost to following Him but there is also a reward:
• It’s those who sow in tears who will reap in joy; (Psalm 126:6).
• those who endure who will win the crown (1 Corinthians 9:24-27; James 1:12; Revelation 2:10; 3:11).

However, that hope is a future reality. So what keeps us walking when it seems like every step is an effort?

It is by immersing ourselves in His word and prayer proclaiming that He is with us – every step of this costly journey.

Lamentations 3:22
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed.
His compassion's fail not.
Every morning He offers His compassion.
Great is His faithfulness.
The Lord is the portion that your soul needs.
Hope is in Him.
Wait on Him, He is good.
Seek Him and have hope.
Wait quietly.
You will see His salvation.
From the lowest pit you have called to Him.
He heard your voice even on that day.
He heard you and drew near.
Even on the day that you cried out to Him,
He drew near to you.
He whispered to your soul,
“Do not fear”.

His unfathomable love pulls us ever closer to Him. Our yieldedness to Him creates a flow of faith that transforms us as we walk in imitation of Him. He is whispering to your heart today – “I have heard you, do not fear. I walk with you helping you to carry this cross. Serve Me in the place where you find yourself today.”

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