The Evidence of Being a True Christian
If you refuse to take up your cross and follow Me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for Me, you will find it.--------Matthew 10: 38-39
In the last few months we have heard of and in some cases seen the senseless slaughter of PROFESSING Christians over in the Middle East. A very disturbing scenario, to say the least. Men, women, and children who were asked a very IMPORTANT question: “Are you a Christian?” If they answered, “Yes” they were either shot, beheaded, crucified, burned alive and who knows what else.
In the Word of God, Jesus tells us that we as Christians would face persecution and even death for His sake. These verses in the book of Matthew say that; ‘If you refuse to take up your cross and follow Me, you are NOT worthy of being mine.’ We all know where the cross took Jesus and I believe that what He is saying is, if we are not willing to give our lives for His sake then we are not worthy of being a part of His family.
Some years ago, there was a shooting in a High School in Columbine, Co. Two young men went into the school on a shooting rampage and we were told that they were asking the students if they believed in Jesus Christ. Some answered, “Yes” and they were shot and killed, because they PROFESSED their belief in Christ.
All of the Christians throughout the ages, that have died for the cause of Christ, have taken up their cross and did not cling to their earthly life, but was willing to CONFESS their belief in Jesus Christ and sacrificed their life for their Lord. They are MORE alive than we who are here struggling with our temporary earthly life. They have TRULY found and are experiencing ETERNAL LIFE, and ALL its glory in Heaven with their Heavenly Father.
My thought is: How many people, who CONFESS to be Christians, would be willing to answer “YES!” if the question: Are you a Christian? Or “Do you believe in Jesus Christ,” were posed to them with a gun or sword in their face?
Maybe we NEED to check our relationship with the Lord and make sure that we are TRUE FOLLOWERS of Christ. We may be willing to LIVE for Him, but are we willing to DIE for Him? Just how STRONG and GENUINE is our faith. True Christianity is not for wimps.
If you are NOT willing to take up your cross and follow Him and are clinging to this earthly life, then you will experience a Spiritual death and will spend ALL of eternity in torment, torture, heartache, pain and agony, but you can change your destination by calling on the name of Jesus and CONFESSING your sins to Him, asking for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your heart that Jesus died for YOU and is ALIVE, in Heaven, making intercession for you before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION and stop clinging to your wretched, sinful life and start LIVING a REAL LIFE for ALL eternity. Do it NOW, while you STILL can. He’s waiting!!