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Your Destiny is in what You Value

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9

What each of us does depends upon what we value most. Jesus said, "Count the costs" of being one of His disciples. To some the cost seems infinitely small, but to others it is more than they are willing to pay. Jesus and His Way must be valued above all else or we are not worthy of Him, -"If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple." (Luke.14)Of course Jesus does not want us to literally hate anyone for He has even commanded us to love our enemies. The meaning of this in the Greek is "by comparison of his love for Me."

Jesus prophesied that He had "not come to bring peace, but a sword" which would cause division even among family members. Jesus demonstrated His love for us, and how much He valued us by dying on the cross - He expects us to take up our cross and place the same value in Him, -"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me." (Matt.10)

He has called us to intimate fellowship in a holy Covenant, and as the Bridegroom of the Church, has a godly jealousy for His bride. I love my wonderful wife of 38 years, but understand that if my love and commitment to the Lord is not far away greater, I am unworthy of Jesus.

When you say "Yes" to the Lord you cannot have wandering eyes for another. I cannot follow my wife and my wife cannot follow me except as she sees me following Christ. Her Covenant with me is until one of us dies, but her Covenant with the Lord is forever. Who we follow is who we value most, and whose relationship we cherish most is the one we value most. It must be Jesus - He cannot share His glory with those with a lesser commitment.

 

Most of the Jewish Religious leaders of Jesusí day were hypocrites. Jesus said that even the good things that they did were done to obtain honor from men and said, -"Behold, you receive your reward." These men valued honor and respect for themselves more than bringing honor to God. They placed a higher value on their relationship with their friends than they did in their relationship with God and as a result forfeited the eternal reward they could have had in Christ. What they could get here and now held greater value to them.

Those who see the value of a life in Jesus and the eternal reward which follows run to Him without delay. On the Day of Pentecost thousands were convicted and asked, -"What must we do to be saved?!" Of that number, 3000 answered the call and were chosen and saved. But there were thousands who rejected the call, of which many became persecutors of the Church.

Each person must consider what truly following Jesus will cost them and decide for themselves if they value Him far above all else. God gave us life and our life one day will leave us and return to Him. Those who lay down this temporary life to put Jesus first will receive eternal life in the fullness of joy, -"He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it." (Matt.10) As for me - I choose Jesus above all.

 

 

 

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