I wish I could come up with a better way to say this but I don’t know that there is one. Living the life of a Christian is simple, but it is not easy.
Matthew 10 continues with more real life.
“32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn
“‘a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’[c]
37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41 Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. 42 And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.”
The life of a Jesus follower will include sacrifice. It will require devotion to Him in times of opposition. We believe in a God we cannot see, who sent a son who lived and died and rose again, who ascended into the clouds saying he would be back. 2000 years have gone by. We are still waiting.
The joke goes, what do you call it when a bus load of ______ goes over a cliff?
The punch line is – a good start.
In some parts of the world the blank is filled in with the word Christian. There is opposition to Christianity.
As a follower of Jesus The best answer is, a tragedy. Christians make up 31% of the worlds population. What do you have when 31% of the world knows Jesus as their savior? A good start. We also have 69% of the world in a bus going over a cliff. This a tragedy. We have a good start with 31% but their is much to do and who knows how much time is left? Who knows? No one. How do we get people off the bus? Let’s get busy sharing our story of how Jesus has forgiven our sin and made part of his family.