Follow the Culture or the Christ?
In Matt 16:24, Jesus said: "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” NLT
Christians, Jesus requires three key actions:
First, say no to yourself vs. self denial (Jesus wants more than our giving up stuff, Jesus wants us to come under His authority).
Second, Be prepared to deal with hardship. The cross for the Christian refers to suffering and hardship for a divine purpose.
Third, Pursue Jesus. This involves reading God’s Word and understanding what God expects and out of obedience living up to God’s expectations.
These three actions are at the heart of following Jesus.
Christians, will you follow the culture, or will you follow The Christ?