Popularity vs. Sacrifice

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

1 John 2:15-17

Just because it is popular does not mean it is the best. Just because everyone follows something does not mean you should. The majority of people on earth are taking the path that leads to destruction, a popular path. I’m not saying that because it is my opinion, but because that is what Jesus said.(Matt. 7-13-14)It is the truth. Many take that road, but you should not fall into that pit. The truth is not popular. Most people will fall for lies. Many will do this because they don’t want to come to grips with the reality of God’s truth.

I was online looking at popular dress shirt brands. I was mentioning this to my wife. Then she said, Just because it is popular does not mean it is the best. When you think about it, the most expensive things are not the most popular things. People like to pay a smaller price. Matter of fact, people like to spend as little as possible. In most cases you get what you pay for. What you spend little money on you value less. What you spend more money on you value much more. God is not cheap. God is expensive. Do you think Jesus got off cheap, laying His life on the cross for us Not at all. He paid the highest price for us. He took the road less traveled. We need to be willing to take that road not just looking for the next bargain buy in plastic Christianity.

Don’t get overly consumed with the price that you may have to pay. His grace is sufficient. God helps you pay the price. But dont think for a minute that this is a cheap life you are living for God. It is expensive and because of that it is very valuable. Can you see it from God’s perspective He really values those who are willing to pay a price, go the distance and make their lives count for eternity.

It is not all about us. But we do have a role to play, a stewardship, a responsibility and an opportunity to glorify the Name of Jesus. Don’t try to get through this life easily and cheat yourself. Be a yielded vessel that God can flow through, His grace will take care of the details.

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