Luke 14:27 GW So those who do not carry their crosses and follow me
cannot be my disciples.
How often do we know of those who, when hard times or tragedy stricks,
turn away from God? Especially in America, we've made Christianity a
"now everything will be great" religion. Those who "believe" actually
believe not in the Christ who promised hard times and difficulties,
nut in a false God of perfect prosperity and no problems. It comes
from not really getting to know Christ through mutual communication
and regular--and thorough--study of His Word. It comes
from relying on human words rather than God's, allowing us to create
our own and totally ineffective religion.
Jesus doesn't promise an easy life. He promises that if we give our
lives totally to Him, satan will do everything possible to hurt and
mess up our lives and relationships. What Jesus does promise is His
guidance, comfort, strength, peace and hope--no matter what.
What Jesus asks is for us to count the cost of descipleship. Have I?
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