Monday, November 21, 2011

Another Life

"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"
Matthew 16:26

Jesus taught that there is a cost to discipleship.  “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it." (Matthew 16:24-25) These are hard statements for some people to accept. They want an easy believism that demands nothing of them. Jesus made it clear to His disciples that their lives would not be easy, but that He would never abandon them. They would walk through the valley of the shadow of death, but He would walk every step with them. The Lord said there is another life beyond this one. And all who receive Him in this life will be received by Him in the next. For the one who rejects Christ in this life, there is no hope. That person has exchanged something of temporary value for the gift of eternal life. But until he breathes his final breath, he still has an opportunity to come to Christ. "For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life." John 3:16 Amplified Bible

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