For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 1 Thessalonians 2:9 The Apostle Paul’s definition of success is very different than the world’s definition. His...
I will remove from you your heart of stone (Ezekiel 36:26).
Here are a couple more worthless stones in the human heart that can keep you from following Jesus Christ:
1. Comfort. “Whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27 NIV
If your heart is set on maintaining a comfortable life, that will keep you from following Christ. Jesus makes it abundantly clear that there will be a cost, and there will be pain in following him. So if your heart is set on choosing the easiest path, you will not follow Christ very far.
2. Cherished Sin. “Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19 NIV
How many people have been kept from following Christ because their heart is set on pursuing a sexual impulse—whatever that may be? Satisfying the sexual appetite has become a god for many people today. If that’s what matters most to you it will keep you from following Christ.
3. Self. “God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5
Do you see what Satan was saying: “Eve, why should God be God and not you? You can be your own god! You can decide for yourself what is good and what is evil.” You cannot be a worshipper of God so long as you are set on being your own god. The desire to be your own god is a stone in the heart that resists Jesus Christ.
Are any of these things keeping you from following Christ?
From the message “Heart: Christ Changes What You Love” from the series, “Regeneration: How Christ Changes Your Soul”