To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation:
Philippians 3:18 (NIVUK): ”For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.”
I think there will be a number of people who will have difficulties with what Selwyn has written, in that, there is an erroneous attitude in some churches that we should be accepting of all views of Christ’s gospel, even when some of these views are not supported by Scripture.
I liked Selwyn’s conclusion: “One thing is sure: It’s extremely sobering to realise that anyone believing in Jesus Christ might be an enemy of the cross. Yet it seems there are such individuals among us.
Those who emphasise triumphalism to the exclusion of suffering service, those who bypass the atonement and encourage attempts to reach heaven through self-effort, those who put happiness ahead of holiness, are ‘enemies of the cross’.
It would be good to pause and remind ourselves that any reduction of Jesus’ gospel marks us as being not one of His friends (followers) but one of His enemies. A sobering thought indeed.”
Today’s verse from biblegateway.com is, Luke 9:23-24, an appropriate one for today’s study: “Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”
Notice the verse tells us to take up our cross daily, not once a week on a Sunday; to follow Jesus is an ongoing every-hour, every-day process. There are no part-time followers of Jesus.