Thursday, July 2, 2015

You Know The Truth, So What Cha Gonna Do?

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also….And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me….So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” —Luke 14:26-27, 33

“If the closest relationships of a disciple’s life conflict with the claims of Jesus Christ, then our Lord requires instant obedience to Himself. Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a Person— our Lord Jesus Christ. […] To be a disciple is to be a devoted bondservant motivated by love for the Lord Jesus. Many of us who call ourselves Christians are not truly devoted to Jesus Christ. No one on earth has this passionate love for the Lord Jesus unless the Holy Spirit has given it to him. We may admire, respect, and revere Him, but we cannot love Him on our own.” CHAMBERS

What does the Christian life cost you?  If you can say “nothing”, there is a problem.  Every one of us is devoted to something … and probably even more than one something.  Jesus asks “Do you love Me?”  Do you love Me more than these?” (John 21:15)  What are the these?  Your friends, your family, your habits, your job, your possessions, your own life … your sin.  (Matthew 8:21-22)  Jesus told the young man to “let the dead [those not following Jesus] bury the dead”   In other words, if you are going to follow Jesus, your first concern is following Him.  There can be no other primary devotion in your heart.  That's what “all” means in Matthew 22.  We really don’t get it.  I think maybe because we don’t want to get it.  We want what Jesus has to offer us, but we don’t want to pay the price that comes with it.  We want to do both. (Luke 16:12-14)  You cannot love two things the most … only one … what you are doing is deceiving yourself so you don’t have to give one of them up, but God is not mocked.  No matter how much you might want to, you cannot change the truth.  You can only obey it or disobey it.  So, what cha gonna do?  Huh?  ELGIN

Bondye Beni Ou (God Bless You)

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