What Are You Holding On To?

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What Are You Holding On To?

There is a big price to follow Jesus. The cost of discipleship is very high. The cost is such that Jesus calls it a narrow gate. “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to destruction is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.” Matthew 7:13

This is not a popular message which Jesus is teaching about. The gate is wide open welcoming many who choose the path of destruction. The Mammon Monster’s highway is full with traffic, so much so that the expressway to hell is backed up in a traffic jam. Many are seeking this path of destruction which Jesus describes as a wide gate.

The cost of following Jesus is high.

19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
21 Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” Matthew 8:19,21-22

Jesus is telling him to break with the Satanic Rule of this world. To follow Jesus you have to break the selfish desires of operating in the five senses and in your own intellect feelings and emotions so as to declare Jesus Christ as Lord. You have to leave Egypt, the land of slavery. You must cross the Jordan into the Promised Land of freedom and victory over your own thinking, desires and lusts.

Jesus did not say this would be easy.

The cost of following Jesus was high for the rich man. Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21

The cost of discipleship is high. Jesus again says, “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” Luke 14:33

I surrender EVERYTHING to the Lord, Redeemer, Creator, Holy God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel, the God who has known you from the beginning of time and created you to worship HIM and bring Glory and Honor to HIM alone.

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