To claim that Christian living is simple is to misunderstand the life of one who claims to follow after Christ. However, there is beauty in the struggle and peace in having to rely on someone other than yourself. The struggle in doing what is right keeps us in prayer; the realization that we cannot make this way for ourselves keeps us focused on God.
I grew up believing that Jesus came into my heart when I accepted Him as my Savior. To have Christ within is to be in authentic fellowship with Him; He is now Lord and Master and we are servants. To have Christ within you means hope for today and tomorrow, power for daily life, and an intimate relationship with the Most High God.
We have a fallen mind, but a fallen mind needs renewing, not removing. The challenge for the Christian is developing their mind to be both skillful and in line with God’s will. When we commit to a lifestyle of both faith and reason, spirituality and intellectualism, we combine the potent philosophical force of Christianity with the transformational power of the Spirit.
We must learn to reexamine our wealth in light of the cost of discipleship. No one who wishes to be a disciple of Jesus can negotiate the terms of discipleship no matter what the challenge to faithfulness might be. As we analyze our spiritual priorities, it is always a good thing to ask ourselves again: just what do we treasure above all things?