Cheap At Any Price
whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
is too true that the great mass who possess ability and talent do not choose
to travel the Christian road. Are their talent and ability too precious to
devote to the Giver, the Lord of heaven and earth? . . .
would be followers of Christ if He would come down from the cross and appear
to them in such a manner as they desire. If He would come with riches and
pleasure, many would receive Him gladly and would be in haste to crown Him
Lord of all. If He would only lay aside His humiliation and sufferings and
cry, “If any man will come after Me, let him please himself and enjoy
the world and he shall be My disciple,” multitudes would believe on
the blessed Jesus will come to us in no other character than the meek and
lowly Crucified One. We must partake of His self-denial and suffering here
if we would take the crown hereafter. . . .
Word of God has not widened the narrow way, and if the multitude have found
a path where they can wear a form of godliness and not bear the cross or suffer
tribulation, they have found a way where our Saviour did not walk and they
follow another example than that which Christ set before us. Is it not enough
that Jesus left the felicity and glory of heaven, endured a life of poverty
and deep affliction, and died a cruel, shameful death to provide for us the
joys of holiness and heaven? And can it be that we, the worthless objects
of so great a condescension and love, will seek after a better portion in
this life than was given to our Redeemer?
easy would be the way to heaven if there was no self-denial or cross! How
worldlings would rush in the way, and hypocrites would travel in it without
number! Thank God for the cross, the self-denial. The ignominy and shame our
Saviour endured for us is none too humiliating for those saved by the purchase
of His blood. Heaven will indeed be cheap enough.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 109, 110.