We looked yesterday at Paul’s bio and saw how he thought nothing of his past accomplishments, and actually considered them rubbish (worthless and unwanted material). As some have said, was Paul ‘out of his mind,’ irrational, or just crazy. The world today would say, ‘yes, he was.’
As we check the words of Jesus on this subject, we find something very similar. “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). The word “renounce” means to “part with one’s possessions.” Jesus had nothing that he claimed as His own! “And Jesus said to him [a scribe], “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head”” (Matthew 8:20).
This question comes down to what we really value and how everything else stands in contrast to the value we place on Jesus Christ. Will we give up everything that stands between us and Christ, really having the first and only place of preeminence in our lives? Would we rather have more of Christ and be under His control that anything this world could offer?
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