I have had some very hard discussions with a local believer, *Matthew, about the demands that Christ has put on the life of a true follower as we walked through I John and now James. He said last Friday that he has been a Christian for 9 years and it has been pretty easy. But now he is starting to see that it is very hard. He said “I am not sure if I can do it”.
We talked about Luke 9 and how various people told Jesus, “I will follow you anywhere” and each time they attached a condition to their following. I showed him that Jesus said you can not put your hand to the plow and look back. Matthew said, “I am not looking back and I do not want to go back. It is just that I have never been told it would be this difficult”. Pray for Matthew as he learns and understands what it means to be a true, fruit-producing following of Christ.