"The call to discipleship is the call to change." – Dietrich Boenhoffer
Make no mistake about it. Don't even dare to deceive yourself into thinking that the call to discipleship is easy, or that it requires nothing of you. The mark of a Christian is his or her actions, words mean something, but not as much as our actions.
Many of us have heard the Gospel. Many of us have heard the same ol' story about Jesus and His love. Some of us have become calloused to it, like myself, and need a reminder that we cannot keep doing the things we were doing before we had become Christians.
Paul says it very well, "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may life a new life." (Romans 6:1-4)
We who are Christians are alive, admit it, you know it to be true. The air has a different fragrance, tastes are more splendid, colors are more vibrant, the shade is more relaxing, the breeze is all the more refreshing, life is better when you know that you are included in God's promise of mercy and forgiveness. We are alive, more alive than we ever could have been. How then, could we go back, to live amongst the dead? To live outside of the promise? To live in the shadows, among the dead and dying? How dare we turn our backs to the life that we have always wanted, free of addictions and worldly frustrations? Why drink from anything other than the wellspring of life, He who is Jesus the Christ? Why fool around with what will make us more thristy and more hungry? Why go back to live amongst the dead?
Yes, its true, "The call to discipleship is the call to change."
We have to change, it is our duty to live in light of not only the Crucifixion, but the Resurrection. To be grateful for the grace we have been offered by embodying the Gospel and the Good Life that it promises, free of regrets and guilt and a fear of having our shameful deeds brought into the light. If we recognize the call to change, and actually believe that God's Spirit can enable us then the chains that bound us will fall off of our shoulders, wrists, and ankles.
Jesus made it very clear.
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put the into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." (Matthew 7:24-27)
Let us not weary in doing what is right, for we will receive our due reward.
May the love of God cover you and remind you of His promise, and may you live a life worthy of being called a disciple of the Lord Most High.