Jesus said:"Follow Me." He never said to just believe in Him. He said we must become His disciples to have eternal life. If you believe in Jesus, you have to obey Him.
Jesus never said salvation is free. He said:“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters— yes, even his own life— he cannot be My disciple. 27And whoever does not carry his cross and follow Me cannot be My disciple."Luke 14:26. If we love anything more than Jesus, we are not worthy of Him.
Does it mean that you have to hate your loved ones in order to follow Jesus? No. It means that you have to love and obey Jesus MORE than them.
In order to follow Jesus you have to repent, turn from sin and from following after your selfish desires. Turn to Jesus and commit to obey and follow Him. You have to obey His words, His teachings as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Be baptized in water and live holy. Seek fellowship with Jesus in prayer and He will give His Holy Spirit to be in and with you to teach and guide you. Put your mind on Jesus and on pleasing Him and He will guide you, so that you can follow Him and do what He tells you to do. He will clearly guide you, speak to you in your spirit, in your heart.
He will tell you what He wants you to do. He will convict you of things that you need to stop doing, things you need to get rid of. He will send you to speak to people. He will put the words that you have to speak in your mouth and in your mind, but if you do not follow and obey Him, you cannot be pleasing to Him, you cannot be His disciple. If you care more for the reaction or feelings of others than for what Jesus commands, you cannot obey Him. If you care more for your possessions, securities and your own comforts than for obeying Jesus, you cannot be His disciples, you cannot follow Him, you cannot be pleasing to Him. You have to be willing to give up everything in order to follow Jesus and do what He commands.
Jesus does not ask for sacrifice. He wants obedience. Giving up your earthly pleasures does not please Jesus. He requires you to do what He tells you to do. In the process you will have to give up certain things. If you refuse, those things or relationships will prevent you from following Jesus and obeying Him.
Jesus will never force us to follow Him, but if we refuse to pay the price of obedience, we cannot please Him, we cannot be His disciple and we will not inherit eternal life. We need to die to self and live for Jesus, to have eternal life.
Do not be fooled into believing the lies of the easy believerism preachers, that say that you only need to believe in Jesus to have salvation. Faith without works is dead. If you do not follow and obey Jesus, and pay the price of obedience to Him, you will not have salvation.
Get serious with Jesus. Follow and obey Him until the end or you will not have salvation.
May Jesus bless you.
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