Count The Cost

Devour it

My kids devour God’s Word 🙂 

My children continue to astound me with their simple understanding of the world and how God works within it.  They have often commented to me about how they just don’t understand why people could not believe in God.  “How else were things created?”, they ask.

I love this because it is simple and real.  I also love this because it opens up the door for dialogue.  I realize that my children will go through times when they will ask harder questions, doubt things, and wrestle with the truth.  This is alright.  In fact, I want them to wrestle with important things so that they will come to their own conclusions about God’s Word.  Unfortunately, it is a challenging proposition because of the amount of religious ‘tolerance’ being spread around these days.  We have gone from a nation founded as “under God’ to a nation with no God.

Malcom Muggeridge once said, “One of the peculiar sins of the twentieth century which we’ve developed to a very high level is the sin of credulity. It has been said that when human beings stop believing in God they believe in nothing. The truth is much worse: they believe in anything.”  This is where we are today!

Religious tolerance is something being forced upon us, as if it makes the world a better place.  In fact, I have been told before that everything is tolerated in the public forum, except for Jesus Christ.    The challenge for us as parents or youth leaders is to help those we are discipling to understand that there is absolute truth and that truth is found in Jesus Christ.  In that, we are able to point them to Jesus and then He is able to do the work of sealing that to hearts.  It is very important, especially in light of all the persecution going on these days.

The one that comes to mind immediately is Pakistan.  In fact, the article I read yesterday said, Christians in Pakistan will die if they protest again. (opens in new window)

This is a reminder for us to pray for those who are living in difficult places.  It is also a reminder of what it looks like to follow Jesus.  Jesus tells us that if we will follow Him we must take up our cross and follow Him.  That means that we are to die to ourselves.  It means that we are willing to do whatever it takes to follow Christ, even if that means death.  This is a reality many believers face in the world today.  It is something that I have never had to come to grips with personally, but it does remind us of the cost that comes with following Jesus.
Are you willing to share the love of God with the people you meet everyday, even if it isn’t popular?  Will you proclaim the name of Jesus Christ, knowing that in Him is life for those who will believe, even if it meant death for you?  In either case, let’s start praying earnestly for those who put their lives on the line each day in order to follow Jesus.  May God equip us to serve Him in whatever comes our way!

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