Tom Mullins, founder and senior pastor of Christ Fellowship in Florida, welcomed Liberty University students back from spring break at Monday’s convocation with a message about living a life branded with Christ.
“Do you understand what it truly means to wear the brand of the cross of Christ?” Mullins said.
Mullins, who earned a Doctorate of Ministry from Liberty, started Christ Fellowship in his Palm Beach County home in 1984 and has watched it grow from 40 to over 20,000 on multiple campuses in South Florida.
He challenged students to understand the true meaning of Luke 9:23, which says, “Then he said to them all: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.’”
He said first students must know there is a great cost that comes with wearing the brand of the cross.
“Christ will ask us to let go of those things that could later become a hindrance to our commitments to him,” he said.
He then told the different stories of how 11 of the 12 apostles paid the ultimate price or martyrdom.
“They recognized that there was a cost involved, and they paid that price, and with that price their lives transformed their generation,” Mullins said. “And it has rippled through history affecting all of our lives.”
He said Christians must establish kingdom priorities and take up the cross daily with a life of honor. He encouraged students to continually ask God if there are any areas in their lives that are not bringing him honor.
“There’s something about a life commitment that carries with it a code of honor, and that code of honor is: I will be fully committed to the will and purposes of God,” he said.
Mullins then said Christians must be consumed with the mission of Christ to spread the Gospel throughout the world.
“What could God do with all of us if we turned into people consumed with the mission of Christ?” he said.
Mullins read Hebrews 12:1-3 as he closed, encouraging students to not grow weary or lose heart.
“Live a life that is full of honor and never lose sight of the cause because it is the call of Christ,” he said.