Saturday, August 8, 2015

Discipleship Today Ep 7 The Disciple's Dilemma

Jesus Christ calls us to discipleship,
to FOLLOW Him. He said:"My sheep LISTEN to My VOICE and they
follow Me." Many believers have come to know the voice of the
Lord. He has warned them, He has spoken to them in dreams and they
recognized His voice and they obeyed Him, but not all the time. At
times they understood when the Lord spoke to them, when He gave them
a message, a prompt, when He turned them form their wicked ways or
when He gave them direction and then at other times they decided to
follow their common sense or some other people's advice or maybe
applied some Bible verse. At other times they decided to rather go
with the wife or with the children when they KNEW that is was
against the will of God.
Jesus requires of us to go with Him all
the way. Believers often say:"I will die for Jesus, I will give
up my life for Jesus" but when the spouse or the girlfriend or a
friend invites them or takes them along to some place where they know
they shouldn't go then they deny Jesus.
The disciple's dilemma is that we must
follow Jesus Christ ALL THE WAY every day and not turn away from
Him. We must STAY WITH HIM. It is easy to say:"Lord Jesus I will
die for You," like so many do but when it comes to the smallest
things then they compromise, then they go with the world for the
acceptance of people, they deny Christ.
The disciple Peter did the same thing.
In the night that the Lord Jesus was betrayed He spoke to His
disciples, I read from John 13:33 “Little children, I am with you a
little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now
I also say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’
36Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord,
where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot
follow Me now; but you will follow later.” 37Peter said to
Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my
life for You.”38Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for
Me? Truly, truly, I say to you, a rooster will not crow until you
deny Me three times."
We know what happened then. Jesus was
betrayed and His disciples were scattered, they ran away and in that
night Peter denied Jesus Christ three times. Then the cock crowed,
the rooster crowed and Peter cried bitterly because he knew that he
had betrayed his Lord.
So many believers betray Jesus every
day. They compromise for things that are worth nothing but that will
cost them eternity and those same people often say:"I will die
for Jesus, I will be a martyr" but they cannot even go with Him
in the smallest of things.
The disciple's dilemma is that we have
to choose every day. Are we doing with Jesus or are we going with
friends? Do I go with my boss, my wife, my friends, my children or do
I stay with Jesus? Many people compromise about the truth. many
refuse to be baptized in water. Many accept immorality, they live
like the rest of the world. we have to draw a line, we have to choose
and obey Jesus Christ every time. We have to STAY WITH HIM or else we
cannot follow Him. Jesus said that those who overcome will sit with
Him on His throne, those who endure with Him until the end will be
saved. It is required of us to choose Jesus EVERY TIME, many times a
day. Jesus must be FIRST in everything.

May Jesus bless you.  

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