Following on from the last couple of weeks’ of a Fair Trade focus, I wanted to continue on a similar theme. Switching to fair trade stuff means a change and, perhaps, it means that there is a cost involved – maybe it’s in terms of pennies or £’s but more likely it is about giving up on a taste that you’ve become used to or denying yourself that brand that you like… change can be uncomfortable.
Whether you have switched to fair trade stuff or not, I wonder what changes have come into your life since you said yes to Jesus. There are many, many blessings in our relationship with our Saviour and Lord, Jesus. There is also a cost.
Get yourself a copy of Campfire by the Rend Collective Experiment and listen to the song called “The Cost”. I’ve taken some of the words from that song and turned them into questions.
Have you said yes to Jesus and no to your desires?
Have you left yourself behind and followed him?
Are you walking the narrow road that leads to him?
Have you counted up the cost and decided that he is worth it?
Many of us say yes to Jesus and struggle to say yes to the cost… employing tactics to ignore the challenge, putting off the change or rationalising saying no. Of course, we end up being no different to our neighbours (and, perhaps, we’re comfortable with that)… and our witness becomes insipid and ineffective.
But I don’t know of any mature follower of Jesus who regrets making those decisions that are costly… whether it is to their lifestyle, their status, their pockets or even their reputation. As the song says, “it is worth it”.
Read Luke 14:25-35.
So… what is God challenging you about? Whatever it is, say yes to the cost.
PS Have you got a song or hymn that has challenged you? Tell us about it.