How do we measure our life?
Christian liberty is found in Christ Jesus. The Christian life is in living the crucified life for Christ.
So, how do we measure our life with the life of Christ?
Consider these three things.
First, there is cost in living for Christ. Jesus said, “…If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself.” (Luke 9:23a).
The crucified life begins with denying ourselves. This means we must think of what Jesus would have us do in lieu of living for ourselves and what we want in this world.
Second, there is a cross that we must bear. Again, Jesus said, “…If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9: 23).
The cross we carry may come with hardships, persecutions, trials, and sufferings for Christ. This is not once-and-a-while task, but daily day-in-and-day-out task, when we live the crucified life.
Finally, there is a crown for those who endure to the end. “…If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, And follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it. For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world and losses or forfeits himself?” (Luke 9: 24, 25).
If heaven is our goal, the only life that will guarantee our salvation is in Christ Jesus and the surrender to living for Him!
Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. firstname.lastname@example.org