This is part of the sermon delivered on Sunday, September 8, 2019.
THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
“Living a Christian life” and “allowing Christ to live His life through us”
In one of Paul’s letter to the Colossians, Paul said He was not satisfied with people becoming partially like Christ. He would not rest until those around him are perfect, or complete in Christ. (Col. 1:29)
In another letter to the Galatians, Paul states, he will not rest until the fruits of the Spirit were being fully expressed through each life and the character of Christ was reflected in each person (Gal: 5:22)
In doing all these important work, to becoming the Disciple of Christ; empowering people around to attain and reach that spiritual maturity, there is need to sit down at some point to analyze what it will cost you.
- Is it your time?
- Is it your money?
- Is it your affection and care for others?
- Is it your presence or just being there for others?
- Is it your authenticity about living the life of Christ?
Just as Jesus alluded here in our Gospel today, no king goes out to war with another king without first reckoning how many men and women it will take to obtain victory
No one begins building a house without first calculating what it will cost to finish the building.
This is part of our spiritual discipline to be proactive in every area of our ministry. Becoming a disciple of Christ is difficult, sometimes, it may require us turning our backs on those that will become a “clog in the wheel” or a hindrance to the success of true Discipleship.
It is my prayer that once we have committed ourselves to follow Christ, that the Holy Spirit will help us to carry the cross that goes along with it.