There’s an increasing number of folks out there who say Christianity is a false religion. Maybe that’s because they have no clue of what it means to be a true Christian. Many look at the the obvious fake Christians or false prophets and say things like, “See, that’s why I could never be a Christian. Look at what this person who’s supposed to be a Christian did?” Yet I never hear them say things like, “See, that’s why I’ll never be rich. Look at what this person with all of that money did?” Some of you get the point.
Let me briefly tell you why being a Christian is the most real way of life there is. To be a Christian (or follower of Jesus Christ) one must deny his or herself. Yes, you must reject your own evil desires. And all of us have evil desires. You must be willing to live a life of self-sacrifice. Yes, you must be willing to sacrifice yourself for the good of others. You must learn what it means to love to be a Christian. In a world that is growing more cruel by the day you must go against the grain and become even more loving. Are you starting to see why most people won’t ever become Christians? Lastly, to be a Christian you must be willing to die for your beliefs. It doesn’t get any realer than that. And throughout the centuries many Christians have done just that. But some will say, “Well, there are Muslims who are willing to die for their beliefs?” This is true. But Jesus never taught His followers to commit suicide and kill other innocent people. Jesus teaches His followers to live a life of love and self-sacrifice, even if this calls for giving up one’s own life in order to serve others, just like Jesus did. This I believe is the real reason why most folks will never become true Christians. Living like this sounds crazy to them. Unfortunately mankind wants nothing to do with that kind of love.
Jesus was not one of those, “Do as I say but not as I do,” teachers. His life and death is well documented. I would like to share with you a passage from the Bible book of Isaiah chapter 53 that foretold what kind of life Jesus would live, and what He’d come to earth to do. Notice His sufferings, His love, His great humility in serving others.
Isaiah 53:1-12 NIV “Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?  He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.  Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.  By oppression and judgment he was taken away. Yet who of his generation protested? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was punished.  He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.  Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.  After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.  Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”
Very Interesting. If you want to know more about who Jesus is, how he lived while on earth, and what’s this great thing is all about He did for humankind, you can find this information in the Bible books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
For those of us who are following a name it and claim it religion; a prosperity gospel, and call ourselves Christians, you have no clue what it means to be a true follower of Jesus Christ. You have no clue of what true, eternal, riches are. You are in the same position as the church in Laodecia found at Revelation chapter 3:14-22 and need to Repent. Read what Jesus said to them in Revelation chapter 3:14-22.
Repent! Deny yourself to serve Christ and others. For if we live for the flesh and deny Jesus by going with the flow of this evil world we will damn ourselves forever. Anyone who does things they know God disapproves, and justifies them by saying they have to pay their bills, or make money, etcetera, is not a true Christian, and needs to repent. We must love and do what is right even if it means our physical death, just like Jesus did. Then–and only then–can it be said that we have picked up our cross DAILY; our sufferings, our persecutions, and follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Luke 9:23 NIV “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
2 Timothy 2:11-12 KJV “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us.”
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