I invite you to hate your own life and all belonging to it



"And as there were great crowds going with him, he (Jesus Christ) turned and he said to them:" Luke 14:25


"If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father, and mother and wife and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple"   Luke 14:26 

 
After saying this his close followers thinned out considerably to only those few. (John 6:67) the others were only spectators looking for a good deal like someone who might overthrow the Roman government and give them a lucrative contract out of the deal.   Does this sound like your church pastor? A successful rich mentor perhaps? "Hang around us and you too can be successful, have a big house and a 120,000 dollar car like me. "  

What about you?  When you hear these words that Jesus spoke are you sickened, shocked, disgusted, frightened, angry OR do they make you yearn for the next step, to say, 'yes Jesus, take me, use me, whatever the cost, I'm yours!'  What do you say when you hear these words?   What about you? When you hear the words from a rich fat cat say, "come in the water's fine!" are you sickened, shocked, disgusted, frightened, angry OR do they make you yearn for the next step to say, 'yes man, take me, use me, whatever the cost, I'm yours, make me rich like you.'


As Oswald Chambers writes, "In the process of sanctification, the Spirit of God will strip me down until there is nothing left but myself, and that is the place of death. Am I willing to be myself and nothing more?  Am I willing to have no friends, no father, no brother, and no self-interest - simply to be ready for death?"

As Paul writes, "To die is gain." (Philippians 1:21) I am crucified with Christ. "  Galatians 2:20   "Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, 1 Corinthians 1:9 

As Saint Augustine writes, "What you are must always displease you, if you would attain to that which you are not."



As Dave Wilkerson writes, "

TO DIE IS GAIN?

Paul said it: “To die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). That kind of talk is absolutely foreign to our modern spiritual vocabularies. We have become such life worshippers, that we have very little desire to depart to be with the Lord.

Any message about death bothers us. We try to ignore even thinking about it. We suspect those who talk about it of being morbid. Occasionally we will talk about what heaven must be like, but most of the time the subject of death is taboo.

How different the first Christians were! Paul spoke much about death. In fact, our resurrection from the dead is referred to in the New Testament as our “blessed hope.” But nowadays, death is considered an intruder that cuts us off from the good life we have been accustomed to. We have so cluttered our lives with material things that we are bogged down with life. The world has trapped us with materialism. We can no longer bear the thought of leaving our beautiful homes, our lovely things, our charming sweethearts. We seem to be thinking, “To die now would be too great a loss. I love the Lord, but I need time to enjoy my real estate. I’m married. I’ve yet to prove my oxen. I need more time.”

Have you noticed there is very little talk, nowadays, about heaven or about leaving this old world behind? Instead, we are bombarded with messages on how to use our faith to acquire more things. What a stunted concept of God’s eternal purposes! No wonder so many Christians are frightened by the thought of death. The truth is, we are far from understanding Christ’s call to forsake the world and all its entanglements. He calls us to come and die, to die without building memorials to ourselves, to die without worrying how we should be remembered. Jesus left no autobiography, no headquarters complex, no university or Bible college. He left nothing to perpetuate his memory, but the bread and the wine.   END QUOTE.


The world teaches us to "love our self" It is all about "Self" ... Especially in the modern world is esteemed over all else. All forms of psycho therapy focus 0n SELF... self actualization,  personal improvement and on and on...

When will you stop the madness and forget self, die to self and give yourself 100 percent to Jesus... I invite you to DO IT NOW!  It is as simple as asking Jesus to take you and make you his very own... Try it!   The just shall live by faith.  Hebrews 10:38

God bless you...



Comments

  1. Amen! A great invitation. I accepted it a while back when I gave it all up to walk with Jesus. Now I have more fullness of purpose than I ever had previously in my life of 53 years. NOTHING ELSE MATTERS TO ME BUT BEING IN CHRIST AND SEEING HIM FACE TO FACE IN THAT DAY.

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  2. Yes, I hear you Sarah. God bless you and thank God for you and your ministry to the saints.

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  3. Randy: This post was excellent. It is one of your best. You are absolutely right on target.

    Between the ages of 15 and 25 I was suicidal because I hated the world and I was also under demonic bondage(till my faith freed me from it). Since I was 25, I have still hated the world and I have always told the Lord that He can take me out of this planet anytime He wants to. I know that I am here for a reason: to do His will and be a light to those around me.

    "Jesus left no autobiography, no headquarters complex, no university or Bible college. He left nothing to perpetuate his memory, but the bread and the wine."

    The above quote is perfect timing. I just posted this on my WordPress blog this morning:

    "Broken Bread and Poured-out Wine"
    http://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/09/02/broken-bread-and-poured-out-wine/

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  4. God bless you brother Tim. Thank you. I was deeply moved to write this Blog. I was aware of your history, but don't remember you being quite that young when you first began those horrors. Yes, I'd say you for sure have no holds, ties to, bonds or love for this life and certainly not your own. And, you certainly understand more than most that the price of this world has no holds on you, you belong here for this brief time for God's purposes. Praise God you fulfill those purposes each day you spend on the road dear Tim. Interesting the bread and wine. If you look at the scripture there in Luke before Christ said those words, we was speaking about He being the bread of life and this was really offending many of the "religious" people. They chocked on the words because they only think worldly thoughts. I will check out your Blog.

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  5. Ecclesiastes says wise people think about death while fools only want to have a good time.

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