Will You Be A Follower of the Cross?
“Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23
On Saturday I had the privilege of giving the commencement address to the graduating class at Davis College in Binghamton, NY. Great group of 57 students we are committed to being mover and shakers for the sake of the gospel.
As a part of my challenge to the graduates, I asked them if they were willing to pay the cost to be a soldier of Jesus Christ. As American Christians we take for granted how easy we have it.
What happened to those men who we refer to as the first apostles?
Matthew – suffered martyrdom by being slain with a sword at a distant city of Ethiopia.
Mark – died at Alexandria, after being cruelly dragged through the streets of that city.
Luke – was hanged on an olive tree in the classic land of Greece.
John – was put in a cauldron of boiling oil but escaped death in a miraculous manner and was afterward branded at Patmos.
Peter was crucified at Rome with his head downward.
James the Greater was beheaded at Jerusalem.
James the Less, was thrown from a lofty pinnacle of the temple, and then, beaten to death with a fuller’s club.
Bartholomew was flayed alive.
Andrew was bound to a cross whence he preached to his persecutors until he died.
Thomas was run through the body with a lance at Coromandel in the East Indies.
Jude was shot to death with arrows.
Barnabas of the Gentiles was stoned to death at Salonika.
Paul, after various tortures and persecutions, was beheaded at Rome by the Emperor, Nero.
Knowing that this was the precedent, are we really willing to be a soldier of Jesus Christ? A follower of Christ? A disciple? These are the men who gave of their lives for the gospel. Would we be willing to do the same? A good question for you and me to ask. – Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick and is a weekly Freedom Fighter blogger.
Think About This:In God’s universe, He only allows what He can use. Selwyn Hughes
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.” 2 Chronicles 16:9