The Christian life is not meant to be lived in comfort – it’s meant to be missional. We’re supposed to be out there battling for souls who need saving – and need a Saviour.
But we need to be prepared for the battle.
Discipleship is both about preparing ourselves for the battle, and about going out there and making disciples. We want to equip you and encourage you – and then we want you to GO!
But we also want you to be aware that it’s not going to be easy!
The Christian life is not for the feint hearted. It is a journey fraught with challenges, obstacles and difficulties. Others will want to stop you in your tracks. Friends and family may not want you to embark upon such a journey – some may abandon you.
If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” (Luke 9:23 NLT)
He also said:
And he who does not take his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me] is not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:38 AMP)
The Apostle Peter wrote:
This is the kind of life you’ve been invited into, the kind of life Christ lived. He suffered everything that came his way so you would know that it could be done, and also know how to do it, step-by-step.” (1 Peter 2:21 MSG)
Now that doesn’t paint the picture of an easy life – you will endure suffering and you will be asked to “take up your cross daily” – are you ready for the challenge? If you are, then go ahead and subscribe below: