You say that you are a Christian. You say that you love your church. You say that you love Jesus.
Do you really?
The Bible makes it emphatically clear that loving Jesus is directly tied into your obedience. In other words, if you say that you love Jesus but you continue to walk in disobedience – the Bible says that you are a liar.
Let’s continue the conversation on obedience.
You love reading your Bible. You love fellowship with other believers. You love pouring your life out into the lives of other people. However, have you ever taken the time to consider what your faith might cost you?
In the book of Acts, we are introduced to a man named Stephen.
Stephen was a man that was filled with the Holy Spirit. Based on the account of his life in Acts, here are some things that I believe to be true about Stephen.
- He was a servant
- He was a man of faith, not fear
- He was an overcomer
- He was a conqueror
- He lived his life wanting to impact others and point them to Jesus
- He was a biblical example of a godly man
I am wondering if when Paul wrote in Romans that we are to be living sacrifices that he had Stephen in mind.
Acts says that no one could stand against the wisdom and Spirit that was spoken by Stephen. Stephen was a vessel. He understood that God is the potter and he was the clay. He walked in surrender and was submissive to Jesus.
He was not afraid to share the gospel and proclaim the name of Jesus.
He paid for that with his life. He became the first martyr to die for his faith.
You can tell a lot about what a person believes in by what they are willing to act upon.
Think about it. A person that does not believe that the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in them – will not share the gospel, will not walk in faith, will most likely not even believe in the resurrection power that the Bible says is in them.
That is incredibly tragic.
Make no mistake. Your faith will cost you.
- It may cost you your friends
- It may cost you certain family members
- It may cost you your reputation
- It may cost you your job
- It may cost you your life
- It may cost you your freedom
If you live in America, you most likely do not have to worry about dying for your faith.
If you know that you have the Holy Spirit in you and the power of the resurrection comes directly from the Holy Spirit, the only thing that is holding you back….is you.
What could Jesus accomplish in you and through you if you were completely sold out to your Redeemer King?
You will only live out what you truly believe in.
If your faith means anything to you, you will live by faith and not in fear.
I leave you with this:
Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. – Colossians 2:6-7
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