Weight-loss can be tough, if we aren’t disciplined enough to stick with it.
Over the last couple of years, I have made a life-style change with my eating and exercise. Some days it’s a struggle, and other days I feel like “Rocky Balboa”, jumping up and down in total victory when the scale reveals a loss.
Most of us at one time or another, have desired to lose a pound, or two, or three. Whatever weight-loss plan you chose, you were bound and determined to lose pounds at least for a while anyway. However, after a while we reach that dreaded word “plateau” before reaching our goal, and get discouraged when the thrill leaves before our expected weight does. And many of us give up and go back to our old ways of eating.
Almost similar to what happens in our Christian lives. When we begin our walk with Jesus, we easily shed many of the sins that have weighed us down. We give spectacular and dramatic testimonies about being free from that which had us in bondage.
Then after a while our attention shifts to another new believer, and we discover that “little” sins such as: jealousy, resentment, gossip, and anger don’t drop away as readily as the so-called “big” ones( Note: God doesn’t guage sin. Sin is just plain ole’ sin) . Sadly, some of us get so discouraged that we lose sight of our commitment to Christ and go back to some of our old ways of living.
Well, when Jesus talked about the cost of being His disciple, He wanted those who heard Him to realize that believing in Him and following Him involves more than starting something exciting. It means sticking with it, even after it becomes difficult.
Yes, whether we are talking about weight-loss or our spiritual-walk, the goal should be the same. What matters most is NOT how we start out on the journey, but more so about how we finish. Let’s keep at it. The end result will be well worth it.
Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.