Give Me Jesus…
Jesus says “Come to Me and learn with Me:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?
Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest.
Walk with Me and work with Me—watch how I do it.
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.
Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Jesus says it is the narrow Gate AND the narrow Path that leads to Life, and only a few will find it.
There is a Path that you must walk, and the Path is a process that Jesus calls “discipleship.”
Discipleship is not an optional extra to people who are already born-again.
I don’t believe that you can make Jesus your Savior, and later on, at your discretion and at your convenience, make Him Lord.
I believe He must be Lord OF all, or He isn’t Lord AT all.
In Luke 6:46, Jesus said to His disciples “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”
New Living Translation
21 Jesus speaking: “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
ONLY those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.
22 On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’
23 But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’
Many people just want to trust in Jesus to save them from their sins and take them to heaven when they die, but they don’t want the process of discipleship.
They are willing to enter into the Gate, but they are not willing to walk the Path.
That’s what it amounts to. Many Christians have entered the Gate, but very few of them are actually walking the Path.
There they are, sitting just inside the Gate, rejoicing in a future hope, rejoicing in a future heaven, rejoicing in a future reward, but they don’t realize that being a disciple of Jesus does not simply mean praying a prayer or believing something or joining something.
It is a process. It is the Path, in fact, that leads you to Life.
The Gate does not lead you anywhere – it is only the beginning of the journey, it is not the destination.
1 John 2:4-6
New Living Translation
4 If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.
5 But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love Him. That is how we know we are living in Him.
6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
“God does many many miracles but the greatest miracle that He does is to change a human being— and that happens as we study His Word and get to know Him!”
— Joyce Meyers
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)