Discipleship is not an activity. It is not an event or a class. Neither is discipleship a list of spiritual activities that “we work on” to become better Christians.
Discipleship is a lifelong, till death do us part relationship between the Creator and His creation… between a Savior and those whom he has saved. Unfortunately, no Easy Button exists. Maturity in Christ is a slow, oftentimes painful process that requires the blazing hot fire of God’s refinery.
Malachi 3:2-3 states, “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap. He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness.”
God reminds us that our journeys, the paths we traverse from Calvary to the pearly gates are not just casual jaunts through flowery fields. They are precipitous. They are fraught with pitfalls and painful moments. The enemy waits at each turn, critics erode our resolve and the world brings its full weight to bear as we daily labor towards the “the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3:14. But the joy we find is worth the struggle. Epic storms and barren valleys diminish as we draw closer to Jesus, for He is our just reward.
Or, have we forgotten?
Have we allowed time to diminish the significance of the Cross delegating it to a wall decoration or an ornament on a necklace?
Have we taken for granted an Amazing Grace and a Savior bound to that Cross, not by nails… but sin? My sin. Yours.
Time and familiarity can breed complacency. If we are not careful, the journey from joy-filled grateful hearts to “oh well, I never” attitudes of self-righteousness produce “but… slave” mentalities.
Jesus tells Peter “For this reason, the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves… but since he (the slave) did not have the means to repay… the lord of that slave felt compassion… but that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves… and threw him in prison.” Matthew 18:23-30.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Greg Garner