I can’t speak for the human race. I can’t speak for America. I can’t speak for my family. But speaking for myself, can I just say that it’s challenging to take the road less traveled by? I know this from experience, I know this from witnessing with my own eyes, I know this from the Word of God. We were NEVER promised it’d be easy to follow Jesus. In a world where it seems like everyone’s running in the opposite direction, where we’re constantly exposed to the evils of human nature, how could we ever believe that following Jesus is going to be easy? It’s far from it. How much greater, then, will our rewards be for actually doing just that? Beyond what we can imagine.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecute the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:3-12)
“I tell you the truth,’ Jesus replied, ‘no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age and in the age to come, eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (Mark 10: 29-31)
From experience, I can understand why so many people are hesitant to drop everything and follow Jesus. The cost seems too high, the sacrifices just sound unbearable, and taking the road less traveled by sounds a lot more risky than just sticking with the crowd. Something we all fail to forget sometimes is that whatever we do for God, whatever we do for others to display His love and glory, whatever we do to serve with our time, money, and effort, is NOT in vain.
We are called to be set apart from this world. Anyone who loves Jesus and wants to spend the rest of their life with Him must take up the cross as He did for us. Believe me, it will not be easy. But is it impossible? No. If you sincerely ask for a change in your desires and desperately want to live your life for Christ, it will be done. It requires trust and dedication on your part, but God is with you every step of the way. He does not want to see his children stop yearning for Him. He wants you to take risks. He wants you to step outside of the box, break away from the crowd, and just start living entirely for Him. You will never find more happiness doing anything other than living for Him. That may sound unreasonable, but think about it. We were created to love God and worship Him with our lives. How could we ever begin to find true happiness apart from fulfilling our purpose?
Truthfully, how can we even claim to love God if our lives are filled with doubt and uncertainty, if we’re hesitant to take up the cross? The same cross which Jesus carried and died on for US. We did not deserve mercy, we did not deserve compassion. We never will. Yet we have it. And God, who deserves our worship, our time, our money, our love, and everything else that matters in this world, does not. He does not have our full devotion. When will we be able to look at God in all of his majesty and glory and truthfully say, “I am entirely Yours.”?
We have the ability to do so much for this world, if only we were willing. It is your turn to stop holding back. No more excuses, no more denial, no more throwing scraps at God as if that could possibly delight Him. It’s not easy to break away from a comfortable lifestyle, from the friends and life you’ve always known, but it is entirely possible. It’s what we were called to do. If you’re still not convinced, earnestly read through the Gospel and see if you can find one example where a follower of Jesus, who gave up his life for others and to serve God with all his heart, soul, and strength, did not gain so much more in return? Hint: you won’t find one.
It’s finally time for you to take the road less traveled by. After reading this, the answer is staring at you right in the face. After everything you’ve done for God, what is the one thing that’s still missing? This is it. Giving Him your life. It’s risky, it’ll cost you, but trust me, you won’t regret it.