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Do you really want to follow Jesus? Have you thought seriously about it? Do you know what it will cost you?
Jesus said there are three things you must do if you want to follow him. None of the three have anything to do with denominations, churches, or how much water they use in baptism. There is no such thing as submarine salvation.
According to Jesus, and he’s the only true authority, you must deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow him. These are difficult requirements for most people to understand, much less follow. Let’s take them one at a time, and I will try and clarify them for you.
The first requirement is that you must deny yourself. Jesus wasn’t talking about giving up sweets, not buying a new car, or giving the church more money. He was talking about giving up your right to yourself. As a non-Christian, you have the right to direct your life, to become what you want, go where you want, do what you want, and live as you want.
The day you accepted Christ, he became both your Savior and Lord. The word “Lord” means ruler or king. Now, he will rule over your life. It no longer matters what you want, only what Jesus wants. You must seek his will, not your own, and do it. The emphasis is on the doing. Jesus doesn’t really care about the things you can give him, until first you give him yourself.
Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. firstname.lastname@example.org.