Friday, May 31, 2013

Full-Time Christians


"Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey's colt." (John 12:15)

  • Public opinion changes very quickly.
     
  • When Jesus entered Jerusalem for the Passover feast, He was welcomed by crowds cheering to have Him made king.
     
  • But by the end of the week, the crowds were demanding that He be crucified.
     
  • Some of us are like those fickle crowds.
     
  • We love to cheer for a team that is winning.
     
  • But our interest wanes when they start losing.
     
  • We love to be part of a movement that is new and exciting,
     
  • But when the energy moves to other things, we are ready to move on.
     
  • We love to follow Jesus when He is doing the impossible.
     
  • But we slink away when He expects us to do something difficult.
     
  • It is exciting to follow Jesus when we can do it as part of the crowd.
     
  • It is easy to trust Him when He outsmarts the smart people and outmaneuvers the people in power.
     
  • But when He begins to talk about suffering and sacrifice and death, we hesitate.
     
  • We like to think that we can follow Jesus all the way to the cross.
     
  • But we have our doubts.
     
  • If we cannot speak up for Him in places where it is safe, what makes us think that we can do so in a crowd of His opponents?
     
  • How thankful we are to know that Jesus died for fickle followers like us.
     
  • Now we can become His devoted followers.
     
  • May our devotion to Jesus continue to grow every day.
     
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ deserves full-time followers.

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