Much of Christianity has a distorted view of discipleship. In our desire to see more people come to Christ, we may be guilty of offering a gospel that emphasizes the benefits of following Jesus while avoiding any mention of the cost involved. Since Christ didn’t sail through life without any challenges, why should we? For example, contrary to what many contemporary sermons suggest, following Jesus may not make your relationships better. It could become a source of contention because a true disciple’s love, devotion, and loyalty to Christ supersedes every other relationship. As Christians, we’ll frequently be tempted to compromise in order to avoid misunderstanding, criticism, rejection, or persecution. But as Christ’s followers, we are called to live a crucified life – and compromise undercuts the wholehearted nature of crucifixion. We cannot pursue the acceptance of the world and at the same time follow the Lord. Until we stand with both feet on the side of obedience, we forfeit assurance of God’s peace and blessings. Although discipleship is costly, the reward is great.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 3, 2019.
Once we are convinced that Jesus is our Savior, trust is demonstrated through action. As “new creatures” (2 Corinthians 5:17), we will have a fresh perspective and different values. Jesus, our Lord, now has authority over our life, and He alone deserves to be our highest priority.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, June 24, 2022.
Who is your guide? Are you following celebrities or news reporters? Are you trusting in politicians or business leaders? If you’ve placed your absolute faith in anyone or anything other than your Heavenly Father, you’re already off course. He is our one trustworthy Guide. Seek Him.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, August 21, 2019.
Many people waste their lives trying to be someone else. Rather than imitators of Christ, we imitate someone we admire. Rather than following Christ as the pattern for life, we pattern ourselves after some celebrity or person we look up to. We become caricatures or copycats of someone else, not the person God saved us to be.
Commentary from the Power of Purpose Bible study by Michael Catt.