Have you ever received an invitation that really spoke to you? Maybe it was an invitation to a fun party or a relaxing vacation. But have you ever thought about the different types of invitations that are mentioned in scriptures? There are invitations to salvation, to find comfort, to pray in times of need, and many more.
But today, I want to talk to you about a different kind of invitation. It’s a challenging invitation to discipleship. This invitation is all about putting Christ first and denying yourself. It’s not an easy challenge to accept, but it’s one that all of us are called to.
As human beings, we’re naturally inclined to look out for ourselves. We want to be successful, popular, and comfortable. Even the disciples of Jesus wanted to be in high places. But discipleship calls us to something greater. It calls us to seek first the kingdom of God and to give Christ first place in our lives.
What does that look like in practice? Well, it means taking up our cross and following Jesus. That might sound like a heavy burden, but it’s really about full surrender. Christ surrendered Himself to the cross to save us, and we’re called to surrender to Him in everything.
Following Christ may not always be easy. It may lead us through difficult places and require us to endure hardship for His sake. But accepting this challenging invitation makes life worthwhile. In holding back, we lose the best in life.
So I want to ask you today: who is on the throne of your life? Is it yourself or the Saviour? What are you holding back from your Lord? Will you accept the challenges of discipleship? The indwelling Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to follow Jesus, and I believe that accepting this invitation is the greatest decision we can make in life.