"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand." - John 10:27-28
1. Hear my voice
2. Follow me
3. Live Eternally
As I read these verses, I become overwhelmingly bothered by our society's acceptance of the "lukewarm Christian life." It is as though #2 on the list above is skipped over. Today's culture rests on the philosophy of "live it up!" and don't get me wrong, I am all about not wasting your life. But there is a disconnect. It seems as though we see following Jesus as boring, or maybe missing out on the opportunity to live life to the fullest. That is ridiculous. My concern is that us Christians are not doing one of two things: One- being the example, the salt and light, experiencing the abundant life openly for the world to see. Two- that we are settling ourselves or watching our Christian brothers and sisters settle for the mundane, lukewarm life of a little bit of Jesus and a little bit of the world (sin).
Jesus said, "I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." - John 10:10. The ways of the Lord are set for our protection and well being. As our Father, he desires to protect and love us well. So the "rules" that so many see as boring and limiting, are not rules, but boundaries that our loving Father has put into place in order to provide us with the best possible life here on this earth, while we await a perfect life in Heaven.
Are you committed to following Jesus, regardless of the cost? Are you ALL IN?
Don't waste your life.