Lord is saying: I am with you, an unfailing God. Don't look to
the left or right but walk with me. Trust me, hope in me and take
your eyes off of people and things. They will all eventually fail
but I will never fail you and I will walk you into a glorious
a person gets born again, this new relationship with Jesus is
likened many times to a marriage in the scriptures with Jesus
as the bridegroom. We are called to love him with such a passion
that all else fades away into insigmicance compared to this new
love. This is because he loves us so much and wants us to be his
We make a big
mistake when we preach the good news and tell people that if they
give their life to Jesus, he is going to make everything alright.
It is true that when we give up our own life to follow him, he
leads us into the greatest inheritance and happiness we could
ever imagine, but He is a jealous God and because of his great
love towards us He wants us to love him first and foremost.
Its a bit like
marrying a very rich man who has fallen in love with a woman.
He wants her to love him for himself not for his riches. This
relationship needs to be proved, would she still love him if he
was a pauper. Yes of course he longs to pour out of his riches
to make her happy, but it would soon go sour if that is the only
reason she married him. The moment she was denied something for
a time she would grow cold towards her husband. He would want
to know from the very beginning that her motive was pure and her
have become Christians and have turned back from following Jesus
when the going gets tough, simply because they turned to him for
what they could get and are quickly disappointed when they don't
readily see the answers manifested.
promised am easy life, but the follower would need to know that
the hardship that He went through would be the life of the believer
and yet it would be the start of the greatest adventure that person
could imagine. Just like a woman marrying a man, to give up all
she has ever known to go on a long journey and dwell in another
country and start a new life. Imagine the trepidation, yet if
she loves and trusts her new husband she will give up all she
has known to start this new life. Yes at the beginning this would
truly test her love for her new husband.
16. 24. Then Jesus said to the disciples, ``If anyone wants to
be a follower of mine, let him deny himself and take up his cross
and follow me.
25. For anyone who keeps his life for himself shall lose it; and
anyone who loses his life for me shall find it again.
26. What profit is there if you gain the whole world--and lose
eternal life? What can be compared with the value of eternal life?