Here is a snippet from Sunday’s message.
Jesus shares with us:
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal (John 12:25).
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it (Matthew 11:37-39).
And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. . . . So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:25-33).
If you want to destroy your life, continue to affectionately hang on to it. What is a true follower of Jesus (knowing this is the buzz word in American religious circles)? According to John 12, it means following Jesus all the way to Golgatha.