ALL OR NOTHING
Then a man came to Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good deed should I do to gain eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you want to enter into life, obey the commandments.” “Which commandments?” the man asked. Jesus said, “Never murder. Never commit adultery. Never steal. Never give false testimony. Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” The young man replied, “I have obeyed all these commandments. What else do I need to do?” Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, sell what you own. Give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then follow me!” When the young man heard this, he went away sad because he owned a lot of property.
Jesus called many more than the twelve apostles. Others were called but they wouldn’t come. What did Jesus require of the man in this story that was different from what he asked of the others? Nothing! He demanded that they must drop what they were doing and follow him. Nothing can be valued above being his follower. (Luke 14:26)
By the way, his call still goes out and the demand is the same, all or nothing. You can not stand with on foot on the path and the other off the path. Will you follow or be left behind?
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