"He that taketh not his cross ... is not worthy of me" (Matthew 10:38)
Many of the great evangelists who have touched the world for God, including such men as Jonathan Edwards and Charles Finney, have declared that the church is being betrayed by those who insist on Christianity being made "too easy."
Jesus laid down the terms of Christian discipleship, and there are some among us who criticize: "Those words of Jesus sound too harsh and cruel."
This is where we stand: Receiving Jesus Christ into your life means that you have made an attachment to the Person of Christ that is revolutionary, in that it reverses the life and transforms it completely! It is complete in that it leaves no part of the life unaffected. It exempts no area of the life of the total man.
By faith and through grace, you have now formed an exclusive relationship with your Saviour, Jesus Christ. All of your other relationships are now conditioned and determined by your one relationship to your Saviour.
To receive Jesus Christ, then, is to attach ourselves in faith to His holy person, to live or die, forever! He must be first and last and all!
Lord, Your call upon my life is total. But there are times when I feel pulled in other directions that may not be pleasing to You. Give me grace and strength to keep You in first place in my life. Amen.
~A. W. Tozer~