There aren't many who are willing to forsake all they have for the sake of Christ and the gospel (Mk 8.35). But, "Whoever forsakes not all that he has cannot be my disciple (Lk 14.33)."
Jesus says, "How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God... Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God (Mk 10.23 & 24)." "His disciples asked him, Who then can be saved? Jesus said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible." Then Peter answered and said to him, Look, we have forsaken all, and followed you; what shall we have (Mt 19.25-27)? "Jesus said to them, everyone that has forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life (Mt 19.29)."
These are hard sayings. Christ wants our all, not just Sunday and Wednesday worship service. Are we deceiving ourselves by playing church? He wants us to "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature (Mk 16.15)." "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you (Mt 28.20)." This is what separates the religious crowd from his true disciples.
Today's so-called churches aren't even teaching us what the gospel is, let alone how to preach it. Go to seminary and get a degree, then you can preach the gospel (some vague spiritual pie in the sky). But the gospel can and should be preached by every believer. The gospel according to the scriptures is - "Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose again the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4)."- on our lips to others as we go (Eph 6.19 & Col 4.3-4).
Every one can and should preach the gospel, but to be a disciple of Christ we must forsake all. Are we willing to make this commitment, this sacrifice for Christ's sake and the gospel's? We must each decide for ourselves.
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