Imagine if after the sermon on Sunday, instead of the usual altar call for salvation, your pastor says “Come follow Jesus, and you may face the loss of friends, family, reputation, career, and possibly even your life”? How many people do you think will respond? Will you respond? It sounds unpalatable and positively uninviting but that is what Jesus meant when He said, “Take up your cross and follow Me.”
All of us have some sort of dream or vision—areas of our lives where we want to better ourselves or achieve more. Maybe it’s to get in shape or have better physical health. Maybe you want greater financial stability or greater success in your business. Some of you may be believing for greater opportunities.