What does it mean to be a follower of Christ? That’s what I’ve been working out over the past few months. I know it’s a lifelong process but I think it’s important to earnestly seek this out right now. And the answer to this question is so important. We only have one chance at this life and then we face death. And there are only two options for eternity (that’s forever bro), Heaven or Hell.I think the thing that has been bothering me most about North America is that we all seem to assume that we’ve been called to be rich. Really? Did you really spend time in prayer and fasting, seeking God’s direction for your life and then came to the conclusion that He wants you to be rich? Or do you just want to be called to be rich. And when we pursue success (in the eyes of the world) and call it “God’s will,” we put our own desires before the desires of God. We’re not serving God, we’re serving ourselves. We can justify this by saying, “I can give lots away” or whatever. But God’s not fooled. And one day we’ll have to answer to Him.There is nothing wrong with being successful or rich, I’m not saying that at all. I’m saying that we need to start actually putting God first, before our own desires. When we do this, He’ll take care of the rest.
Kootenay River, Kootenay National Park by Brandon Peters
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” -Matthew 6:31-33
So, what does it mean to be a follower of Christ? What’s the greatest command? Love God, Love your neighbor. You need to have a relationship with God, and through that relationship you’ll find out God’s plans for you. This may seem like it’s not easy. Boom, now we’re getting it. But it’s all good, because He gave us the Holy Spirit to give us strength when we have none, to give us courage when we are scared, and to do whatever He wants us to do. We really don’t have any excuses. Yeah, it may mean giving up some things. This is the cost. But God promises He’s worth it. The question is, do you believe Him enough to pay it?