MUSINGS – September 15 2018
RETHINK YOUR PRIORITIES
“As he was going along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew. They were throwing a net into the sea because they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come, follow me! I will teach you how to catch people instead of fish.” They immediately left their nets and followed him. As Jesus went on a little farther, he saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat preparing their nets to go fishing. He immediately called them, and they left their father Zebedee and the hired men in the boat and followed Jesus.”
What a remarkable presence Jesus in his earthly form must have had. He commanded, “Stop doing what you are doing and followed me.” And they did. He asked them to abandoned everything they had and everything that they had dreamed of having. Luke 14:26-27
“If people come to me and are not ready to abandon their fathers, mothers, wives, children, brothers, and sisters, as well as their own lives, they cannot be my disciples. So those who do not carry their crosses and follow me cannot be my disciples.
In Mark 10:20-22 is there story of the rich man who knelt in front of Jesus and said, “Teacher, I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was a boy.” Jesus looked at him and loved him. He told him, “You’re still missing one thing. Sell everything you have. Give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me!” When the man heard that, he looked unhappy and went away sad, because he owned a lot of property.”
Jesus asked nothing more of this man than he’d ask if all his followers nor did he ask any less.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Those who want to come with me must say no to the things they want, pick up their crosses, and follow me.
Examine yourself. If there is anything, any dream, or anyone that you are not willing to abandon, then you are not a true disciple. Rethink your priorities.
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