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How far will you follow Christ?
Every Christian has been asked to follow these two ordinances - Baptism and Communion. Baptism commemorates our "death" with Jesus and the Lord's Supper, or Communion, commemorates His death for us.
When we participate in either we are given the opportunity to look back at what Christ did, ahead to when we will be with Him again, and within ourselves in self-examination.
Yet, that is not all that God may require of us. Individually, God may ask more. Consider Paul as an example.
2 Cor 11:23-29
"... in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not?
Will you give everything for Christ?
As you think about that, ask yourself these three questions.
- 1How much are you willing to give of yourself to follow Christ?
- 2What is holding you back from giving everything to Christ?
- 3How far are you willing to go in following Christ?