Sometimes we’re tempted to say, “I really want to follow Jesus, but I’m just not feeling it right now.” To make such an important decision one mustn’t use feelings as a master to follow, one must use decision. We decide to follow Jesus; not because of confidence in ourselves but because of our confidence in Jesus. In Psalm 132: 35, David made a decision. He couldn’t see himself doing anything without first making God the center of his life: “I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.” Discipleship of this magnitude calls for obedience. I’ve heard folks exclaim: “The bible is just too difficult to understand.” For the disobedient, the bible isn’t simply too difficult to understand, it’s practically impossible to understand because the unbeliever knows that to take God at His word is to relinquish control over his/her own life. Cheap grace says, “God has forgiven me so I can live any which way I choose.” Grace that comes from the sacrifice God made to the world through His Son reminds me that as beautiful as this life can be, nothing is more important than my relationship to Jesus Christ. Grace is free, but it’s anything but cheap.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.