The Inconvenience of the Cross

Posted on April 6, 2018 By Steve Gray

Spring is a time where Christians are celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. Churches hold extra services, ceremonies and events to commemorate the One who carried His cross and was a living sacrifice for the sins of the world.

When you look at the life of Jesus, He sacrificed and put aside the convenience of His own will to fulfill the will of God. Just like Jesus, we now have the same call to carry our cross and follow Him daily. 

The problem is that most Christians don’t want to. They celebrate the cross, but only when someone else is carrying it.

Most Christians prefer comfort and convenience rather than sacrificial living, but the kingdom of God was never intended to be convenient. God is concerned with your growth and the advancement of His kingdom, even at the expense of your comfort and convenience.

The lifestyle of convenience has infiltrated our theology and influenced our faith in God. Now, many Christians don’t practice the patience and perseverance of faith; instead, they want an on-demand blessing.

They want the blessing, but don’t want to be inconvenienced to get it. They don’t want to spend THEIR personal time in prayer to get the breakthrough they desire. They don’t want to give THEIR money to God so they can experience financial provision. The list goes on and on. These believers want the gifts of God, but only on their terms and in their timing. And that’s just not how the kingdom of God works.

A Call to Give Your All

Many Christians base spiritual success on numbers - believing that if a lot of people give a little of their life, time and heart to the Kingdom of God, it will advance. But God isn’t looking for a lot of people to give a little; He is looking for the few who will give everything they’ve got to the kingdom of God.

But unfortunately, convenience and comfort have taken precedent over the command to give our all to God’s kingdom and sacrifice our lives for His will. I’d even dare to say that if you ever see the kingdom of God stumbling along, you’ll find bunches of Christians who aren’t giving their all.

Are you one of them? Have you been content with half-hearted Christianity? Have you done your part in God’s kingdom, or have you expected others to carry your load? Have you whole-heartedly contributed to the advancement of God’s kingdom?

God is searching for faithful servants who are willing to give up the comfort and convenience of their own will and lifestyle to walk out the call of God in their life. No longer should you settle for a crossless Christianity that values convenience over sacrifice. It’s time to make a change, it’s time to truly give your all to God.