"Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what he has done. I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.'"
Every single second, minute, hour, day, and year of our lives, we, as human beings, conform ourselves to this evil-filled, undesirable, unforgivable world. Our Father in Heaven has commanded us to be as strangers in this world; commanded us not to make it our home. We are here to worship and glorify our Saviour, and call others to do so as well. But all too often, we do just the opposite. We prostitute ourselves into this evil, and therefore, destroy ourselves and suffer unimaginable consequence. It is almost as if many do it subconsciously.
We are evil by nature, of course, and therefore we all sin- every single one of us. However, an excuse is not available, for one is not in existence. God reveals Himself in His creation, as well as through His followers. There is not one human being in this earth that has any excuse not to know God; although Christians are all called to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8). If one thinks about it, I believe they will also agree that there is no excuse- for it is the truth; and there is no escaping God's eternal truth.
I have been convicted, concerning this immeasurable issue, constantly throughout the past, and I continue to be convicted today. The issue never ceases to depart from my mind. Is the world really that glorious? Not at all. Well, why do we act as though it is? Why is it so seemingly impossible for us to throw away our pride and follow our Saviour? I am in no position to answer that, because I haven't a clue what the correct explanation would consist of. I do know, however, that it is wrong, obviously. Our God sent His ONLY Son to die an inconceivably horrid death just to save us- undeserving, evil, resenting, ignorant creatures. How is it possible for anyone to tune that out of their minds, while knowing the truth behind it? It makes no sense whatsoever. Think about this- if you were or are a father, would you allow your child to be mutilated and suffer the most unimaginable, horrendous death that any human could possibly think up to save anyone? As for me, I think it would be the most difficult thing to consider. So, you've thought about it. Now, why do you take advantage of the fact that our Heavenly Father did that exact thing?
We are to give our lives to God, follow Him, and glorify Him in ALL we do. We must take up our crosses-carry our burdens- and set Christ-like examples for others to follow. This is a way of ministering to others. It is absolutely essential.
Living for the world brings one temporary and empty pleasures that last only until we die and face judgement. That is not worth anything. If one lives for God during his or her time on this earth, he will be rewarded with eternal life in paradise. If one does not give his or her life to Christ, they will spend an eternity, which is impossible to comprehend, in the most extreme torture in existence- hell. Which sounds better to you? It is even common sense. Eternity is longer than seventy years, obviously. Think about it. With that said, we are not to be of this world; even if times and overall perspectives change, we are to stand strong for what is right-for what we believe.
Read Matthew 16:24-28 again. Then again. Now one more time.
Does this make sense or not? There is nothing a man can exchange for his soul. Not riches, pleasure, pride, popularity. Nothing.
I strongly encourage everyone to contemplate this strongly and throughout every day. Remember this passage from God's Word and live it.
The Naked Run.
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