Luke 14:27
“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”

The Apostle Paul was beaten, whipped, scourged, imprisoned in horrible prisons, held under house arrest, shipwrecked, endured mockery, endured many other things, and was finally killed for what he believed in. Only someone very special could endure all of this and continue to preach it. Only someone who had a firm revelation of the Truth, coupled with an anointing to do it, could live like this. Paul said in II Timothy 2:10, “Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.”

The ruggedness required in Christianity can be seen in all of the Apostles’ lives. What they endured to give us the truth we have today, we can only think about as if we were looking through a “glass darkly.” This is because we will never truly know what it was like. Many of us will never be imprisoned for what we believe. Very few of us will actually receive any mockery, especially when we keep to ourselves about what we believe. We may never be beaten or scourged or physically harmed for our faith. Never forget that even though we may not endure these kinds of things, we still have a cross to bear.

What the Apostles dealt with physically is equally true with what we endure mentally. When you accepted Christ and were born again, all of hell concentrated its weapons on you. That means that the life of a Christian is rugged and hard, not only in sharing the Gospel, but in living it. The enemy fights and works on those we share the Truth with and on those who share it. It is a never ending battle. Those who do not bear this cross cannot be the disciples of Christ.

You don’t have to be imprisoned to do something “big” for the Lord. You don’t have to win a thousand souls to the Lord to feel accomplished. The thing you must do is pick up your cross, die daily in the Lord, and follow Him every day. Live the rugged life of Christianity each and every day. Live with the fire of God burning in your spirit. That is what will accomplish things for Christ and the truth of this day.

Christianity is a rugged life.

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How wishy-washy, that's what's too many Christians today, are so soft-soaped and everything, until they think all they do is join a church, go in somewhere, put their name on a book, or do a little something, jump up-and-down, shout, or—or something like that, and call it Christianity. Christianity is a everyday, rugged life, living for God in the… this presence world. It's a constant burning of the Fire and love of God, in the heart, that sets you afire and puts you out yonder with the people, and making converts to Christ. Responsibilities.

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