Will You ‘Turn Away’?

Despite what most of us have experienced in the USA, following the Lord costs.

Granted, we haven’t had the kind of ‘costs’ to pay in our nation over the last 240+ years that other Believers in Jesus have had to pay.

From the very beginning of the Church age, we’ve seen that there is a ‘cost’ to pay in following Him. In fact, if you study Church history, you will see an interesting pattern.

When it is ‘easy’ to follow the Lord–when government policies either ‘tolerate’ or ’embrace’ Christianity, making the costs fewer, the quality of followers changes. When there is ‘ease’ in following the Lord, we tend to minimize the passion to do so. We tend to get weak. We find ourselves going along with the direction and pursuits of our world, and find that our faith is an ‘extra’…an area of our lives that is ‘important’, but not ‘crucial’. Granted, we would never admit this out loud, but that tends to be the way that we live.

However, if that changes–and it always does–when the culture gets progressively more anti-Christian, or antagonistic toward the Judeo-Christian faith, that’s when we see the weakness of faith. People who ‘believe’ in Jesus tend to then make all sorts of ground for compromise and justification of sin, of immorality, and of un-Biblical lifestyle choices.

That is when it happens: They turn away from their faith.

We are then left–again–with a choice: Will we follow Jesus as Lord, no matter the cost, or will we try to ‘fit Him in’ to our lifestyle–which we get from our culture?

Make no mistake: That kind of ‘christianity’ where Jesus is ‘a nice and important addition’ to my lifestyle is not Biblical.

Jesus said, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it…”

“Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. 

On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” (Matthew 7:13–27) 

The road to destruction is wide. It’s easy to take. There is no cost. It’s very comfortable.

The road to the Kingdom of God is narrow. Jesus isn’t out to win a popularity contest. He calls us to worship Him as Savior and Lord–without compromise.

Look at our world. Look at our culture. Consider how you have ‘compromised’…given in and adopted a lifestyle, behavior, or mindset that matches it, more than the Word of God. If that is you, that is not good!

Repent. Turn around!

NOW is the time…

“God elevated him to the place of highest honor
    and gave him the name above all other names,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

Published by Pastor Dave Johnson

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Lori, Proud Father to 6 great kids, Co-Pastor of Kalamazoo Community Church. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan.

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