This past Sunday my pastor preached about the cost of following Christ.
He talked about how as Christians and in sharing the gospel, we tend to share the “good side” only. We share the benefits of salvation and skimp on the sacrifice.
Yet we never see God “glossing up” anything.
He asks Abraham to leave his country and people “to the land I will show you“. Christ asks the rich young ruler to sell off his wealth and then come follow him. He asked Peter to leave his business and follow Him.
He gave invitations, not demands.
I am not trying to preach my pastor’s sermon (or maybe I am). But I was really challenged about how I live my life (and how I share the gospel).
I don’t know about you but I keep expecting purpose pursuit to be easier, quicker.
I keep thinking that I should be further along the road than I am. At least one health center should be running. One school. A fully funded church plant.
When I have to wait, keep quiet when misunderstood, weather opposition and resistance, I sometimes question the process.
Last Sunday’s message reminded me, yet again, that Christ didn’t call me to a comfortable, familiar, sacrifice-free kind of life.
So if it hurts, if it keeps me awake at night it doesn’t mean I’ve got it wrong. It means I followed, means I accepted His invitation.
I don’t know what you are going through as you pursue the dream God gave you.
I don’t know your exact circumstances but I suspect that you are interested in the God kind of success and will not let-up till you achieve it.
This is just an encouragement; your distress does not mean that He is not there with you. Your pain, discomfort, disappointment does not mean that you are doing it wrong. It just means you obeyed the call of the Master.
The great thing about our Master is that He always goes with those He sends. We are never alone.
Obedience to the call comes at a cost. When the pain comes, keep remembering that He’s with you and dawn will come if you faint not. And the end shall be better than the beginning.
Question – What obstacles and discouragements have you encountered in chasing some of your dreams, how do you overcome? Please share your thoughts in Comments.