6. Marks of a Disciple: Relinguishment of Rights to What God Owns.

by Mary Beth on August 14, 2017

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Letting Go.

To sit and ponder the vast and beautiful ocean,

just amazing to freely take in the gracious and general revelation of God!

Through our amazing and beautiful creation-

day after day pours forth speech;

night after night reveals knowledge.

Before our eyes we see God’s greatness and power,

to create, sustain, and care for His creation.

Creation shouts to us a significant lesson, to let go.

To let go of things and their hold on us,

is not necessarily the avoidance of things.

The focus will be an issue of the heart, does it own you?

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In our humanity, we like to count our accomplishments,

good works, and well, our influence.

It’s not a matter of our good works for the Lord:

“For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. 

I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.

If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and everything in it is mine.”

~Psalms 50:10-12

To passionately pursue the Lord’s will in all things,

our mind needs to be on the call of Christ and on His kingdom first.

It will be costly in the physical and earthly sense,

which lead us to renounce every form of idolatry,

and to calculate the personal cost.

For some, literally.

This is the cost of Discipleship.

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“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters,

yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.

For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost,

whether he has enough to complete it? 

Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish,

all who see it begin to mock him, saying,

“This man began to build and was not able to finish. 

Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war,

will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able

with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?

And if not, while the other is yet a great way off,

he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.

So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

Salt is good,

but if salt has lost its taste,

how shall its saltiness be restored? 

It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile.  It is thrown away. 

He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 

~Luke 14:26-35

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Follow me involves denying self, taking up one’s cross, and following Jesus.

“Jesus said to him,

“If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor,

and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful,

for he had great possessions.” 

Matthew 19: 21,22

The man’s wealth has become his means to personal identity, power,and a sense of meaning in life-

money became an idolatrous god in his life.

The focus of his heart was on external conformity,

instead internally to examine the desires his heart.

Even though his desire was for “eternal life”-

the young ruler was unable to let go of the ruling force in his life,

his great possessions.

What do I presently need to let go of in my life?  Heart?

What do I lust after that drives me to fear?

Is my love for Christ more prominent than love for my family?

Do I bear the cross and follow Christ?

Am I willing to relinquish everything for Christ if pressed to it?

Is my love wholehearted for Christ above my father, mother,

spouse, and my children?

“And Jesus said to his disciples,

“Truly I say to you,

only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven.” 

~Matthew 19:23

Wealth is deceptive and intoxicating:

it fools a person into thinking one is self-sufficient apart from God.

For with God,

greatness in not measured in terms of human endeavor, accomplishments, and status,

but

whoever will humble himself like a child will enter the kingdom of heaven.

A childlike trust is a treasure in God’s eyes.

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