THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP
My words to you are the same as they were to the disciples years ago. Follow Me! You must not compare your life to another's as you have asked me for much. You must be willing to go through the refining process. For to whom much is given, much is required. Life is a journey and each phase requires more preparation. Consider where you have been and what you have already learned on your faith journey. These baby steps are preparing you for a greater weight of glory. Therefore, do not shrink back in fear. I am raising up My warriors for the greatest awakening ever in the history of mankind. My dread champions will be fearless and walk in My power and authority. Therefore, take no thought for tomorrow as I hold your future in My hands. Instead, seek first My Kingdom and My righteousness. Do not give in to fear for your enemy knows his time is short, and he is doing everything he can to derail the plans I have for your life. So just as in the beginning when I called you to Me, I say to you again, "Follow Me".
Matthew 16:24-25 Amplified Bible (AMP) 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, If anyone desires to be My disciple, let him deny himself [disregard, lose sight of, and forget himself and his own interests] and take up his cross and follow Me [cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying, also]. 25 For whoever is bent on saving his [temporal] life [his comfort and security here] shall lose it [eternal life]; and whoever loses his life [his comfort and security here] for My sake shall find it [life everlasting]. John 6:67-69 Amplified Bible (AMP) 67 Jesus said to the Twelve, Will you also go away? [And do you too desire to leave Me?] 68 Simon Peter answered, Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words (the message) of eternal life. 69 And we have learned to believe and trust, and [more] we have come to know [surely] that You are the Holy One of God, the Christ (the Anointed One), the Son of the living God.