25 AUGUST 2019 THE COST OF TRUE DISCIPLESHIP - 1 of 2 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:26 There is a sacrifice we must make to be a recipient of the gift of salvation. The Lord does not demand that we give Him anything. It is because human nature is contrary to the ways of God that we must choose to deny ourselves if we want to follow Him. Therefore, we choose to give to Him and to suffer for Him. Those who are unwilling to suffer will likely find ways to avoid it. This does not seem so serious when it involves only avoiding inconveniences and pain. But this mind-set will also cause us to avoid the humiliation of being a Christian when it is unpopular to be one. Those who have been unwilling to suffer privately because their fleshly desires were too difficult to overcome will be powerless when confronted with unpleasant public pressure. The possibility of suffering for our faith, if we would be faithful, is increasing every day as anti- Christian forces are becoming more aggressive. We are seeing a transition from a society that was generally God-fearing to one that is not only godless but which sees the truth of the Word of God as something to be attacked and neutralized. Very soon those attacks will likely involve some of us personally. Only those who have a deep-seated faith and love for the truth will have the vision and the courage to recognize the line that God would not have us cross. We observe that there are strong sentiments at work that oppose holding the Bible as the ultimate authority. Homosexuality, abortion, and marital infidelity are not new however, the defence of these sins as a personal right and preference are in conflict with the beliefs that we hold and which have always been the standard of the Word. Taking our stand on these and many other related issues may cost us not only humiliation but may cost someone their job or time in prison. Those who have fostered a subtle love for self will not be able to identify the point where they began to deny their faith. If, subconsciously, we are afraid of personal loss, we will adjust our thinking at the expense of biblical principles. While we may feel determined to defend the faith when it comes to major doctrinal issues, it is in the more obscure personal matters of integrity where we will likely begin to compromise. These may even be things that others are not aware of, but the Holy Spirit knows the secrets of our hearts. What are your secrets? And would you be willing for God to know them? Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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