SOLD OUT for JESUS
by David Wilkerson
The Lord told Peter, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him
deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me" (Matthew 16:24).
Clearly, belonging to Jesus´ church means more than merely
believing in him. Many Christians today "cast a vote for Jesus,"
but then they walk away and forget all about his lordship over
their lives. Our Lord makes it clear that belonging to him involves
living a life of self-denial and taking up a cross. "He who does
not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me" (Matthew 10:38).
Jesus is saying, "If you are in my church, then be prepared to be
persecuted and ridiculed if you hunger and thirst after me. And
be prepared to deny yourself all fame, acceptance and worldly
pleasure-seeking." The fact is, Christ´s church has never been
accepted by the world and it never will be. People will be
uncomfortable around you and want to separate from your
company. "Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they
exclude you, and revile you ... for the Son of Man´s sake" (Luke 6:22).
Jesus shows us the path that leads to true fulfillment: "Whoever
loses his life for My sake will find it" (Matthew 16:25). In other
words, the only way you will find meaning in life is to be sold out
for Jesus. Then you will find true joy, peace and satisfaction.
Christ tells us, "When you come to me, you must die to self, to
all ungodly ambition and ego. By faith you will be buried with
me, but I will raise you up into new life!"
"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words
that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63). Only
the words of Jesus can produce life and we must consume them
as we would food and drink - by daily reading the Word of God
and spending time in his presence.
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