I heard a quote the other day that said, “If there is no God, and I am wrong, I’ve lost nothing; but if the Bible is true, and you don’t believe, you have lost everything.”
And while this looks harmless, and a looks like a good question to ask the unsaved… is that really how we are supposed to live? If the Bible is not true, then I have lost nothing?
So often, many Christians live just this way. These safe Christian lives that never really cost them anything. Never going out of their way to do anything for Christ. Never going out of their way to grow. Never going out the their way to open their mouths and preach. Never going out of their way to be live differently from those who don’t have Jesus Christ.
I want to ask just one question, and I want you to really think about it.
How would your life be different if you knew that God was dead?
The apostle Paul said,”And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” 1 Corinthians 15:14, 19
I read that a while ago, and I thought to myself, “I’m not miserable.” Really, if I were honest, if God is dead, could I really say that I could be pitied because I’ve wrapped my life so tightly around Him? That I was of all men most miserable?
I do not want to get to the end of my life and say, “If there is no God, I’ve lost nothing.” Shame on any Christian who could say that. We should be wasting our lives. We should be wasting them for the causes of the kingdom- wasting them for Jesus. Our lives should be so centered on Christ that if he did not exist then we our lives would be worthless in this world’s eyes. Because if we don’t, we really have no idea what it really means to be a follower of Christ.
And Jesus said unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Matthew 16:24-26
Have we forgotten about these verses along the way? Is the Bible not really meaning what it says here? Because we can’t just pick and choose the verses that make us feel good about our lives, our salvation, and the love of God, and neglect the verses about truly living according to a Jesus standard.
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27
When the disciples met Jesus, they dropped what they were doing. They left their families, and their lives, and they went with Jesus. They learned from Jesus, and when Jesus was gone, they sacrificed everything for the things they had heard and seen. Why do we think we are held to less of a standard than they are? I can’t imagine the actual disciples of Jesus living like most Christians live today. Oh sure, these disciples go to church on sundays, but really don’t live for him throughout the week. These disciples sing praise and worship on Sunday morning, but on the weekends really do whatever they want. These disciples never really tell anyone about their faith because they don’t want to offend anyone or force their beliefs on them. These disciples barely know what they believe, but at least they have their ticket into heaven.
If we do not love Christ for everything He has done for us, if we do not seek His face in all that we do, if we do not have a desire to change the way we live after salvation, if we do not take up our cross, we can NOT be a disciple. If we are not a disciple, what are we?
Herein is my father glorified, that you bear much fruit; so shall you be my disciples. John 15:8
In 2 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul said, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”
He said, “Test yourself!” Only you know what your heart truly is like.. you and God. This is not something that should be taken lightly. Salvation was not free for Jesus Christ, and discipleship does not come at no cost to us. If you don’t have a desire to not only NOT do wrong, but DO right, if you don’t have a desire to live a holy life in service to Jesus, if you don’t have the Holy Spirit convicting you of sin and changing you from the inside out, you need to test yourself.
Jesus is not interested in handing you a ticket into heaven. He is not satisfied with simply calling you a son or daughter. We, in turn, are to live a righteous life. That is the cost of discipleship.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Luke 14:28
No cross, no cost, no crown.
We need to take a good look at what Jesus Christ offers…. not only heaven. We need to count the cost of being a true disciple of Christ….because my God isn’t a halfway kind of God. He gave everything, and if we are not willing to give everything, take up our cross, and follow him, we are not worthy to be his disciples. It just doesn’t come free.
So what would your life look like if God were dead… and what are our lives built around?
I want my life to be wrapped up tightly in Christ and His kingdom. I want my life to be so centered on Christ that it looks worthless through the world’s eyes. I want my life to be lived in such a way that if I were wrong about God, then I have lost everything….
I want my life to be wasted.
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