True Faith Always Bears a Cross
Posted by Pastor Szekely on June 29, 2007
“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27
Aren’t you [at least] tired of the convenient Christianity that’s being proclaimed today?
We hear from modern evangelists that, “It’s cool to be a Christian“, and “Discover the champion in you“, and even “Love yourself just the way you are [no change] because God loves you just the way you are“….blah, blah, blah! This rhetoric is popular ~ it sells CDs, these “preachers” make a good living, and [most importantly] this pablum is accepted by the world! A person can sit in the pew, never be convicted and convinced to change, always be pandered to, and never have to be different to make a difference [except for the “Christian T-shirt” he or she may wear or the “fish bumper sticker” that may be on the car…].
Does the Bible preach what’s being proclaimed today by the modern evangelists?
–The Lord Jesus Christ said to His disciples in John 16:33, “In the world ye shall have tribulation“.
— James 4:4 says, “…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
A bit different than what’s being said to day, no doubt! Again in Luke 14:27 [above] the Lord Jesus said that His disciple will bear a cross. In fact, He states that if a person will not bear that cross and follow Christ, that person cannot be His disciple! Wow…true faith asserts that there is a cross to bear…true faith always bears a cross! Remember, a cross was an instrument of pain, and our obedience to Christ [i.e. taking up that cross] will call for discomfort and sacrifice. Today, “preachers” proclaim and many people want a “convenient Christianity”…but Jesus said that true faith will involve a cross!
Listen to what a man named Walter Chantry wrote in his book, “Counting the Cost“…and he writes this from the perspective of the Lord Jesus Christ, as if He was saying this: “I do not wish to trick you. I am not offering the end of worldly sorrows nor flowery beds of ease. I will not enlist you under false pretences. The road of following Me is rough and steep. Stormy weather encompasses the entire course. There are many hills of difficulty and many valleys of humiliation for genuine Christians. So I set a cross before you vividly to portray the difficulty and the personal demand made on My disciples. I want you to come. But I want you to weigh the cost as you follow.”
A life for Christ will not be free from difficulty on this side of eternity, no matter what modern evangelists say. In fact, a life for Christ will come with trials, tribulations, discomfort, and sacrifice. But it also comes with the power of Christ! True faith always bears a cross, but if we submit to it and follow Him as He wants us to, the Lord will carry us through!
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” The Lord Jesus Christ, John 16:33.