WHAT IT MEANS TO FOLLOW JESUS
When Jesus used this picture of His followers taking up their crosses to follow Him, the disciples knew what He meant. Clinging to this life may cause us to forfeit the best from Christ in this world and in the next. The more we love this life’s rewards (leisure, power, popularity, financial security), the more we will discover how empty they really are. The best way to enjoy life, therefore, is to loosen our greedy grasp on earthly rewards so that we can be free to follow Christ. In doing so, we will inherit eternal life and begin at once to experience the benefits of following Christ. 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to follow Me [as My disciple], he must deny himself [set aside selfish interests] and take up his cross [expressing a willingness to endure whatever may come] and follow Me [believing in Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]. 25 For whoever wishes to save his life [in this world] will [eventually] lose it [through death], but whoever loses his life [in this world] for My sake will find it [that is, life with Me for all eternity]. (Matt. 16:24-25)
Christ’s assurance that He will not send those who come to Him away. If we come to Him, we will find Him waiting with open arms. Christ’s invitation extends to everyone, and He accepts all those who follow Him. Jesus did not work independently of God the Father, but in union with Him. This should give us even more assurance of being welcomed into God’s presence and being protected by Him. Jesus’ purpose was to do the Will of God, not to satisfy Jesus’ human desires. When we follow Jesus, we should have the same purpose. 37 All that My Father gives Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, never reject anyone who follows Me]. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but to do the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but that I [give new life and] raise it up at the last day. (John 6:37-39).
Following Jesus requires sacrifice. There are times when the immediate benefit of going our own way may appear to outweigh the potential gains of obedience. Jesus wants us to know that our sacrifices are not in vain and there is nothing we can surrender that exceeds what is attained in following Him. It takes Sacrifice, Commitment, Determination, Made up Mind and a Willing heart.
His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ ~Gal. 6:9
REMINDER: WHAT IT MEANS TO FOLLOW JESUS!!!!
Love you and the Blessings of God be upon you
Prophetess Dr. Eleanor Nichols
“A WILLING VESSEL for THE LORD”