John 12:26 – All those who want to be my disciples must come and follow me.
We read this verse so casually. “Come and follow Jesus.” “I’m a follower of Jesus.” We seldom think about what that really means. Following Jesus is a call to leave everything we know and run hard after Him no matter what it costs us. The disciples left their jobs, their homes their families, friends, EVERYTHING to wander around homeless for 3 years listening to a teacher who taught in parables. Why? Because they knew that He had the keys to eternal life.
if you think about what Peter once said, if this life is all there is…then we’re the most miserable men ever because we’ve traded some of the pleasures of this world for a fable. Ahhhh but if Jesus was who He said He was. IF He is the messiah. Then who can count this temporary suffering worthy to even be talked about in the same breath with the eternal reward!?
Matthew 7:13-14 – You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
Oh, life might seem easier sometimes taking the broad and easy highway but it’s a highway to hell. The hard, rocky, narrow, little sheep’s trail leads up the mountain to heaven’s throne.
You don’t have to be the sharpest crayon in the box. You just have to leave everything behind, pick up you cross and follow the shepherd.