(Isaiah 30:21 NIV) "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it.""
(Matthew 16:24 NIV) "Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."
(Romans 12:2 NIV) "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."
God doesn't want to just save us -- He wants to change us into who we were meant to be. We were created for a purpose, but this world has retro-fitted us with stuff that’s not helpful to the Kingdom of God. That’s why our God is a transformational God who is interested in more than just rescuing us. If God simply rescues us from our current mess, we’ll soon find ourselves in another one. The Lord is intent on changing the way we live, because the way we live is what messes us up. God is interested in our recovery and in our long term well being. That is why Jesus calls us to follow Him, and why Scripture calls us to be transformed. This will take effort and a willingness to sacrifice. Change is not easy. We will need to learn to deny ourselves. We must give up some things so that some better things can be added. Salvation is free, but being a disciple will always cost you something. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day