Philippians 1:21 – For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
When boiled down, this is the essence of the Christian life. Let’s be blunt here; Jesus’ disciples were not fishermen during the day and followers of Christ on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights. They did not retain their old lives and add Jesus to the open slots that He fit into. No, they walked away from their professions and rearranged their lives so that Jesus was first and everything else fell in around Him. The Christian life is a life of surrender. You surrender your will to Him and your desires to Him. He is greater than your job, your family, your lifestyle, your own self (Luke 14:26). This is a serious commitment. If you are not taking it seriously, you have two choices: reassess your life to make Him your priority or find a new hobby. I say that because if you have not surrendered all of your life to Jesus Christ, you are treating your faith as a hobby that you give some time and some commitment to, but not all of it. That is a hobby. Genuinely following Christ with your whole life can NEVER be mistaken as a hobby. So, where are you? If Jesus walked up to you right now and said, “Follow me,” would you? Could you? If your heart is surrendered, you would drop everything and follow Him; no questions asked, no excuses.