Jesus gave an open invitation for anyone to follow Him. “Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23). All the disciples paid a price when Jesus called them to follow Him. They left family, business, and personal comforts to be associated with the Master disciple-maker. It is no different today. Each person who wants to be faithful to the call of Jesus will pay a price in one way or another.
But the greatest cost that every disciple must pay is denial of self, and there are very few who are willing to pay that price. John the Baptist was chosen by God to “Make straight the way of the Lord” (John 1:23) because he was the kind of man that insisted in word and deed that Jesus “must increase, but I must decrease” (3:30). NOW THAT IS SELF DENIAL!!
It is impossible for us to be faithful to the Lord and have our own agendas for personal gain at the same time. Often money is a hidden agenda that we never tell others about, but secretly we make that our goal in life and ministry which places the glory of God, the gospel and building up the Church secondary. Jesus made it clear that “no one can serve two masters…you cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13). Loyalty and faithfulness cannot be divided between two masters and still be loyalty and faithfulness! “Take up [my] cross” also means that I will be faithful in the circumstances God calls me to or places He placed me in.
Are you willing to pay the cost of being faithful to Jesus wherever He puts you? Your reward is with Him, not in this world!
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