RE verse reading–Hosea1:1-11, 2:16-23 (day one) “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord” (1:2) When Christ died on the cross for our salvation, He set a pattern for us all. Obedience will cost your life. Ministry will too. True, there will always be some who try to bargain a softer deal. “First, let me go and bury my father” they will say. But the moment you make anything else FIRST, including family, you prove that you are not ready to follow. Life isn’t fair. Hosea will find this out. Faithfulness will cost one person one thing, another person much more. Ultimately, none of us gets the privilege of requesting a different assignment. Either we accept God’s path and His right to choose or we refuse. Either we embrace the cross–and the ultimate sacrifice it represents–or we miss the opportunity to follow at all.