In our world today, people are persecuted for following their religion.
Whatever religion you’re part of, you are always going to be persecuted for it.
“But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name.” – Luke 21:12
In our class tonight, we talked about the cost of following Jesus.
What price are you willing to pay to follow Jesus?
What does it mean to follow Jesus? Personally, I think it means putting Jesus before anything else in your world. Put Him before your sports. Put Him before your academics. Put Him before your relationship. You must put Him before everything in life. You cannot let other things interfere with your following of Jesus.
“I’m just too tired to read my Bible before bed tonight.”
“I have got to get this homework done, I don’t have time to have my quiet time tonight.”
“My chores haven’t been done this afternoon, I can’t go to church.”
“I am so tired, I think I’ll just sleep in instead of going to church this morning.”
I’m guilty of all of these. Caught red handed. Take me to the slammer. Whatever, you get the point.
Someone brought up the point that if you choose to follow Jesus, then people should see Jesus in you. You should carry yourself in a way that when people look at you they say, “Hey, that guy/girl is a devoted Christian. How awesome is that?” You should carry yourself in a way that people know you follow Jesus and that they will hold you to a standard of that. When you choose to follow Jesus, you have to be held accountable. You have to be held accountable so that you don’t slip up or let your worldly things show through. It’s a good idea to have an accountability partner. Someone to be there and say, “Kaleb, that wasn’t very Christ-like.”
I heard a story on Air 1 yesterday about a couple in the Middle East who were being persecuted and put on trial because of their confession of Christian faith. It’s sad that people have to face this; though we are fortunate to live in a country where we can practice our religion freely. It may not be as extreme as being put on trial, but in the US we will be persecuted as well. That’s something we have to face as Christians. We have to be willing to take our stand for what we believe; that’s the cost of following Jesus. We have to be willing to take hatred, the words, and the resentment because of what we believe.
“In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. – 2 Timothy 3:12
So the question is, what price are you willing to pay to follow Jesus?