Luke 9:23 Then he said to them: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self. 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the Holy angels.
What can God commend you and i for? Our material wealth and achievement in our spheres of endeavor? Our sincerity, love, faithfulness, kindness, loyalty, compassion, respect etc God and for each other? Do we love God? Yes we do! However, our brothers and sisters that are Christ image that we see daily are detested. We put down each other, spread malicious lies and sow seed of hatred in peoples mind against one another. Is this the cross we are called to carry daily? I guess not!.
Christ came because of love for mankind. He taught us to love the unlovable, live a selfless life, respect and honor each other. Christ became us so we can be Him. Are we true disciples of Jesus Christ here on earth? John 13:35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Each of us should examine ourselves and make amends now so we don’t miss the mark of the high calling of Jesus Christ and be thrown into the abyss with demons in the last day, the day of judgement.
Is our ego so high and our eyes so blinded that we cannot see Christ suffering, death and resurrection in our brothers and sisters?
This is to all of us born again tongue talking brethren. Let us be real for once and be true disciples of Jesus Christ in love, unity of purpose, truth and in spirit. For God is Love – no strings attached.
Our Lord Jesus after healing many went to a solitary place to commune with The Everlasting Father, however the “people were looking for him and tried to “keep” him from leaving. In the journey of life, the fulfillment of God ordained destiny I want you my friends to know that there will always be issues that will want to keep us from walking according to the agenda of heaven. There will always be people, situations and circumstances that will want to hinder us from walking in the fullness of our God ordained destiny.
We all have been commissioned to preach the gospel and make disciples of all nations. Our Lord Jesus stated emphatically the above passage that he was not only to heal and deliver in Capernaum, a city in Galilee, but also to bring liberty to other towns.
Are you saved? I mean born again, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ and heaven bound? Transformed by the renewing of your mind? What are you waiting for? We are to work together to bring this good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the other towns – other people, culture, tribes and so on. It start from our homes, parishes, churches of course and it spread to the ends of the earth.
What are those things that constitute hindrances? People and things that might want to keep us from destiny? Challenges of life, health, finances, material and marital. There are countless issues that will mitigate against us. We however have to learn to stay focus and carry our cross. Jesus Christ was rejected in Nazareth by his own community, he did not let that stop him from going to Capernaum and other cities with the good news.
Friends, we have to be resilient in the pursuit of our destiny carrying our crosses trusting wholly in Him who has saved us. He wants to come back to receive us to himself however there is so many more nations and people that has to come to the knowledge of him before he can come back to reign on earth. The whole nations of the earth and people have to hear the gospel .which we have been charged to deliver
Do we even care that tonnes are dying in their sins and countless living without hope. You and I have unique gift-ens to reach out to various others with the gospel of repentance and salvation by faith in the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What are you doing about it? What am I doing with that which God has entrusted to me?
This is the hour, the season to rise up in faith and the power of the Holy Spirit to do the Fathers bidding. Arise and shine for the light has come and the spirit of God has risen upon you. You must share this good news come what may. You’ll find out that the moment you step out in obedience, opportunity and grace will align to give utmost pleasure to our Lord Jesus Christ.
Will you partner with God today? Those personal issues will be resolved, trust God. Paul the apostle had no wife or kid and yet had a thorn, how much more you and I with spouses, children, siblings and so on. With this thorn he preached the gospel, pull down strongholds of ignorance and built an enduring legacy that we are living on even now. What will be said about you and I? Will our excuses stand on that day.
Friends, let us do the work of our Savior with utmost urgency and singleness of purpose. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and every other thing shall be added unto you.
Everlasting Father, we ask that you will strengthen us by your Holy Spirit in our inner man, that we might know the purpose for which you have called us. Give us courage and boldness to stand with you. We pray that we will be compassionate towards those that are suffering and clueless of your saving grace, warning them of the wages of sin and the need for faith in Jesus Christ. In Jesus mighty name we pray and receive. Amen