When a true seeker fully believes in the Lord and purposes in his heart to follow only the voice of the Holy Spirit, as opposed to his designated spiritual leader, set of rules or doctrines, family, circle of friends or others, he will find there is a cost. We are not talking about those so called Christians who follow the crowd or a somewhat popular point of view, we are talking about those who are ‘led by the spirit and are called the sons of God’. Jesus said His disciples would suffer like He did and if we are not, perhaps, we should look at our spiritual position. Many in other countries, like China, know exactly what is being said here, while in the the west we are so rich and comfortable with our freedom that we have become lukewarm in the faith and see no need to speak directly with the Lord Himself; It is good enough to listen to a good speaker and be entertained on Sunday morning and then go about our business as usual.

In John chapter 6 Jesus was teaching many disciples but after a while some said, “This is an hard saying; who can bear it?” and many left and “walked no more with him”. They didn’t turn back to sin, but away from Him. The cost simply was too high for those and they retreated to a life that didn’t cost so much hoping that they would still reap the benefits that Christ offered. But Jesus said in Revelation that he would spew the lukewarm believer out of his mouth, and that we must persevere to the end to receive the tree of life.

After these events Jesus turned to the twelve and said, “Will ye also go away?” to which Peter replied, “Lord to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the Living God.” All of the disciples suffered as Christ did and most were put to death for their faith for they were willing to pay the price. We in America are free to worship as we please, at least so far, but are we even willing to pay the relatively small price it takes to be a child of God. What has the Lord asked of you this morning in your time alone with Him?

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known. (In the Garden)