In spite of the increased pace of life today, with its urgent, far-reaching demands, the basic requirements of discipleship are unaltered. Yahshua said, “If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also].” [Matt. 16:24, AMPC] In fact, even in this fast-paced, technological century I am privileged and blessed to know many who are learning the joy [and pain] of laying down their lives as a ‘living sacrifice’. Men and women whose lives are connected, not to their own convenience, but to the precious will of the Most High.
Throughout the ages believers have proved the criteria for discipleship to be exactly as Yahshua described it; He never promised it would be easy, but He did promise to be there for us. [Matt. 28:20] Samuel Chadwick, a Wesleyan Methodist minister of the early 20th century and a regular lecturer at Cliff College, stated, “We are moved by the act of [Yahweh]. Omniscience holds no conference. Infinite authority leaves no room for compromise. Eternal love offers no explanations. [Yahshua] expects to be trusted. He disturbs us at will. Human arrangements are disregarded, business claims put aside. We are never asked if it is convenient.” As the reflection on a life-time of service by a mature, energised prayer-warrior, minister and disciple, these words have always spoken to the depths of my spirit. I ask myself if they echo my own commitment experience. Do they echo yours?
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters...
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