A friend once confided in me that her husband would take off his wedding ring, lay it on the kitchen counter and say, “I’m going out.” He felt he could have all the benefits of marriage while acting like a single man. As crazy as that sounds I think there is a similar belief among Christ followers. We want all the promises of covenant relationship with God while behaving like we did before we met God. Jesus warned his followers to consider the cost of following Him.
A young man by the name of William Borden had the world by the tail. He was born into wealth and with it endless opportunities. His High School Graduation present was a trip around the world. On that trip William felt the call of God on his life. He would leave all the comforts of home to be a full time missionary in China. He studied and prepared for a lifetime of serving God on the mission field but became ill and died at just 25 years old. He never made it to the mission field. William knew the cost was not simply giving up his future in the family business but giving all of who he was for the cause of Christ. He died with no regrets. And his life and death inspired many to follow hard after Christ.
To follow Jesus is to live like He lived – serve like He served. Scripture says the way of Jesus is to humble yourself and elevate others. To give up your dreams of being the hero to become a hero maker! In the self-promoting culture we live in, serving and elevating others will stand out like light in the darkness. Shine today!
*Program note: Scott Curtis is filling in for Perry La Haie on this edition.
Perry LaHaie is a radio host, singer, and songwriter with a passion to see the Great Commission completed in our generation. He was born and raised in northern Michigan, earned a degree in communications, and later a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications. Music and ministry have taken him all over the world. He served at Family Life Radio before serving with Frontiers, a worldwide ministry to Muslims. Perry and his wife, Teresa, have two children, Kali and Taylor.
Shawna Beyer has been a business owner, homeschool mom, church planter, project lead for a management consulting company, and church staff member. Born and raised in Southern California, she has been married for 25 years and is the mom of four. Shawna loves to help others discover a personal relationship with God that shapes how they think, feel, and live for Jesus daily. She loves being surrounded by her family and a good cup of coffee.