True Christianity is an all-out commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Savior is not looking for men and women who will give their spare evenings to Him – or their weekends – or their years of retirement. Rather He seeks those who will give him first place in their lives.
True Discipleship by William MacDonald, p 11
I remember the first time I read that. I was a Junior in High School and I decided to join a small group my Youth Pastor was leading…he called it a Discipleship Group, but I didn’t really know what that meant. I had made a decision to follow Christ, but had a lot of questions about what that looked like. The book True Discipleship really helped me understand that being a Christ-follower was more like a marriage commitment than joining a club. It’s not adding something else to who I am, it redefines who I am (2 Corinthians 5:17). Being a Christian involves an all-out commitment to Jesus Christ.
Seems like a lot to ask?
I really don’t think so. When we consider what God has done for us…when we look at the cross of Christ…His sacrifice on my behalf…I’d say a sacrifice on our part is in order. In his famous hymn, Isaac Watts says it beautifully.
When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.
Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.
See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.