“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27)
If anyone does not prioritize their calendar around loving Christ, they are not worthy to call themselves His disciple. Whoever is unwilling to be buried in unmarked grave as a traitor to their country for the name of Christ, is not worthy to be called Christ's disciple.
We consider ourselves as followers of Christ, but oftentimes the way we plan and spend our time does not reflect that identity. Our time in the word, sitting and listening, should not only be more consistent, but longer and more in-depth. Furthermore, we need to plan to be more purposeful in sharing our faith in community instead of holing up at home and with friends. In regards to our life goals and plans, we need to be able to let go of all that we grasp for and be willing to accept whatever God has in store for us, even if that means turning against the expectations and definitions of success in this world.
Brett Yardley: Warrior for Christ. Devoted Husband. Proud Father. Martial Artist. Hopeful Philosopher & Theologian. Aspiring Teacher & Writer.