The Cost of Being

Then Jesus said to his disciples,

“Those who want to come with me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow me.

“Those who want to save their lives will lose them. But those who lose their lives for me will find them.

“What good will it do for people to win the whole world and lose their lives? Or what will a person give in exchange for life?

“The Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory. Then he will pay back each person based on what that person has done.

“I can guarantee this truth: Some people who are standing here will not die until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

Matthew 16:24‭-‬28 GW

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?

It means you are disciplined in the ways of the Lord.

A lot of people say they believe in Jesus.

They believe that He is the Messiah.

But the demons also believe, and they actually obey when He commands them to leave.

Are you a follower of Jesus?

Do you follow in His footsteps?

Do you echo the patterns of accurate teachings?

Many follow at a distance, but give up when they realize the cost.

The cost of being a disciple is everything.

It says the old is gone and behold all things are new.

God’s ways are higher than our ways.

God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts.

How could we ever think we could know what God has in mind?

We only know in part.

We only prophesy in part.

Think of a human being.

Do you know everything about that person?

Their every thought, action and emotion?

No.

Now think of every human being that has ever lived, is alive, or will live.

All of them, at once.

Hold that in your mind.

Could you possibly know everything about each of them?

Even the number of hairs on their head?

You don’t even know how many hairs are on your head.

How does your body stay alive?

The Word of the Lord.

He is the Creator and sustainer of all life.

He is the Lord God that we serve.

Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God.

Behold your Creator, who has the power to cast your soul into hell.

That’s not His will for your life.

The Bible teaches us that He wants all people to be saved.

But some refuse.

They willfully disobey.

They rebel against God and seek their own way.

They will end only in ruin.

Repent while there is still time.

Acknowledge the Lord in all your ways, and He will make your path straight.

It doesn’t matter how you get to the realization, only that you do.

Some do it out of blind faith and obedience.

Some do it only after eating the fruit of their fallen ways and reaching the end of themselves.

Some are shown by the example of others.

Some get the revelation in spite of everything that they have ever seen and heard.

Get the revelation of Jesus Christ.

He is the Son of God.

He is the Savior of the world.

He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

He is the beginning and the end.

He is the only One who can make your life matter.

He is the One we seek to please and serve.

He is Messiah.

In less than three weeks, we will be celebrating His Resurrection from the dead.

He has conquered death and rendered hell defeated.

Don’t you want to be on the winning team?

Or would you rather have it your way?

Repent.

Change the way you think and act.

Become a disciple of the Lord.

Trust me, it’s better than anything this world has to offer.

May God’s kindness shine upon your heart.

In Jesus’ Name.

Amen.

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