It is because we live in the AGE OF SELF! An age that exerts tremendous pressure on ALL that dwell on the earth – believers and unbelievers alike.
In this age, more than ever before, a man’s worth in the society is defined by:
– WHO HE IS (Self-identity)
– WHO HE HAS (Relationships)
– WHAT HE HAS (Possessions)
Therefore, even as believers in Christ, we cling tightly to these values that define us in the world system.
Pastors do not want to LOSE their position for Christ to head His church.
Believers do not want to LOSE the denominations that have become their safe harbour.
Rich believers do not want to LOSE their wealth.
Celebrity believers do not want to LOSE their status.
Upwardly mobile believers do not want to LOSE their career.
The list is endless….
In our pursuit of Christ and the coming Kingdom, believers are unwilling to LOSE these values that DEFINE OUR LIVES on earth. We do not want to become NONENTITIES in the society (strangers and pilgrims on earth).
So, we hold on tightly to our LIVES – wealth, status, career, position, relationships, possessions, accomplishment, ambition, and so on.
But Jesus was clear on this in Luke 17:33, “Whosoever shall seek to SAVE HIS LIFE shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” What we are clinging to is causing us to lose what we can have in Christ – His glorious life!
It is for this reason that Jesus will barely find faith on earth when He returns – though He will find millions and millions and millions of believers that joyfully worship HIM with their lips.
Friend, we can be different! God wants to CRUCIFY us to the world and its value system (Galatians 6:14). This is why Jesus RADICALLY CHALLENGED our self-identity (John 12:25), our relationships (Luke 14:26), and our possessions (Luke 14:33).
He went a step further. He made these a PRE-CONDITION for following Him! That is, if we fail at any of these three, we are NOT following Jesus – we are following ourselves!!! It means we have not overcome the world, the world has overcome us! It is in this way that the world has overcome MOST of the believers of today, while they ignorantly think they are following Christ! ONLY overcomers follow Christ. ONLY overcomers will reign with Him in eternity.
“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 3:21-22)
Sitting with Jesus Christ on God’s throne is what is at stake!!! Does it make sense to cling to our present lives and then miss this glorious opportunity? Is it worth it???
HELPFUL PRAYER: O Lord, please open my eyes to my TRUE RICHES in Christ – so that I may embrace my cross in this world with understanding and joy. Amen.
Thanks for reading, God bless you.
Source: Church Watch in Nigeria