This is a great question for us to think about. Many of us, in our baptisms, responded to God's grace and made a decision to repent and turn from sin towards God. But a decision to receive grace is not the same as making a commitment to Jesus. We can make a decision and still play it safe, risking nothing, taking all the benefits God offers but giving back nothing in return. Turning from an old life does not always mean an active turn to a new life.
But a commitment raises the bar and calls for sacrifice. In baptism, we acknowledge a call to more. In baptism, we are initiated into the way of Jesus. In baptism, we commit to Christ.
Jesus himself calls for radical commitment. In Luke 9:23-24, he says, "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it."
The life of a disciple of Jesus is a life of denial, cross-bearing, and following. The result? Losing your life. How often? Daily.
In other words, Jesus say, to follow me, you must die daily.
Every day, we must pick up a cross, deny ourselves, follow him, and serve others.
What must you deny? What death must you die?
How many of us are up to this challenge? How many of us are willing to go beyond the comfort and safety of religion to make the gift of God real by undergoing complete transformation as followers of Jesus?
What if the slogan of your life became "Die to Live"?