Come Follow Me – The Narrow Way

“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Mark 8:34,

 

Here, Jesus said, “Whosoever will.” Will you?  What obstructs you? The narrow path does not seem to be overly crowded. The invitation is open to all. Is cost a problem? What is the cost? Jesus said it was trading your love of self for the love of another. John tells us in 3:30, “Jesus must become grater, but we must become less.” What about those who will not “come after” or “follow?” Mark in 8:35-36 says, “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

I do not like to think or talk about the loss of salvation.  I do, however, know that we are called to lose our self -will and replace it with godliness. We must rid ourselves of inner evils; like self-centeredness, fear, resentment and guilt.  When we forsake these evils we make a place within us that fills.  We make an inner shift from a state of worry to a state of wonder; from a state of   bitterness to a state of pleasure; from a state of fault to a state of innocence.  The evils are replaced with the Will of God. There is nothing more precious to God or more profitable to us than humble obedience.

May you lead others as you lead yourself to a more devout life.

By:  Alan Petefish


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