The life Jesus promises when you follow him far surpasses anything you might have to give up. There is no greater joy than in walking with him.
Easter weekend has passed. It was a great weekend to celebrate Christ. But Monday returns again, along with all of its spiritual challenges and sin-struggles and roadblocks to our faith and discipleship. And that includes the internal turmoil faced by a podcast listener named Billy. “Hello, Pastor John! I live in Tucson, Arizona. I’m a relatively new convert to Christianity. I’m going through a season where I think I’m hardening my heart to Christ. I feel constantly guilty of sins, such as refusing to evangelize others, procrastinating, irreverence, arrogance, and idolatry.
“I think I desperately want to repent. But I also dread surrender. I dread saying, ‘Yes, Lord, I’ll do whatever it takes.’ This is because I fear God will make me do something I really don’t want to do. What’s wrong with my spiritual condition? Is there a way that I can finally submit to Christ? Is there some spiritual obstacle I’m overlooking? Or am I just being foolish, and should I simply man up and do the hard stuff?”