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February 28, 2014

Responding to the call of Christ

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There are several examples of people in the Scriptures who realized what it would cost for them to follow Christ and chose to follow a different path. One man was asked to sell all of his possessions and give to the poor, but he was very rich and chose not to. (Matthew 19:16-22) 

Several men contemplated following Christ until He revealed that He had no home or possessions to speak of. (Luke 9:57-62) Apparently, one of the greatest hindrances to being fully devoted to Christ is materialism and holding too tightly to the things that we have been blessed with to share with others.

On the other hand, the Scriptures also tell of many who willingly sacrificed everything to follow Christ and showed by their actions that following Christ was their top priority. One example is Zaccheus, who was a tax collector. To my understanding, tax collectors were not very highly thought of at the time and often were known to skim a little off the top for personal gain. Zaccheus willingly offered to give half of his possessions to the poor and pay back anyone he had scammed fourfold. This convinced Christ that Zaccheus’ conversion was genuine.

Christ said, “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:37-39) 

Our relationship with Christ is to be the relationship that we treasure above all, and we are supposed to offer our lives as a living sacrifice to Him. We must be willing to lay down our lives for the one who willingly laid down His life for us. If we are not, are we really responding to the call of Christ? 

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