We don’t preach or talk about the hard sayings of Jesus Christ, because to do so brings about a sense of loss. The fact is, following Jesus Christ–the more you look into it–results in a removal from the world. AND THAT IS LOSS.
* What are we if we don’t have our family ties?
* What are we if we don’t have our political fights?
* What are we if we are constantly waiting for the end to come?
* What are we if we aren’t getting married and having kids?
* And what are we if we aren’t struggling to improve our lot in this life and make the world a better place?
People talk about freedom in Christ, but they haven’t a clue what that really means. They never counted the cost of being a disciple of Christ. That’s why there are so few Elect.
Christ is a way to heaven, not a means for living in the world. If you are born again, you are no longer a human being. You may look like one, you may push around a human body, but you are a new kind of creation. You’re like Adam or Eve before the fall. Humans don’t live forever–born agains do.
We just brush over Luke 14:26-28
26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.
27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?
To be reborn is to live forever, but first it means to die. What you were, dies. And if you let it die, you will feel tremendous loss in the process. You will make very big changes in how you live.
Time to count the cost.