It begins when the following events take place: 1. When a person realizes that he is sinful, lost, blind and naked before God. When he acknowledges that he cannot save himself by good character or good works. When by a definite decision of faith, he acknowledges Jesus Christ as his only Lord and Savior. This is how a person becomes a Christian.

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It begins when the following events take place: 1. When a person realizes that he is sinful, lost, blind and naked before God. When he acknowledges that he cannot save himself by good character or good works. When by a definite decision of faith, he acknowledges Jesus Christ as his only Lord and Savior. This is how a person becomes a Christian. It is important to emphasize this at the outset. Too many people think that you become a Christian by living a Christian life. NOT at all!

You must first become a Christian before you can live the Christian life. The life of discipleship outlined in the following pages is a supernatural life. We do not have the power in ourselves to live it. We need divine power. Only when we are born again do we receive the strength to live as Jesus taught. Have I become a child of God by faith in the Lord Jesus? Then determine to obey Him in all that He has commanded, whatever the cost may be. The Savior is not looking for men and women who will give their spare evenings to Him — or their weekends — or their years of retirement.

Rather He seeks those who will give Him first place in their lives. Evan Hopkins. Nothing less than unconditional surrender could ever be a fitting response to His sacrifice at Calvary. Love so amazing, so divine, could never be satisfied with less than our souls, our lives, our all.

The Lord Jesus made stringent demands on those who would be His disciples — demands that are all but overlooked in this day of luxury living. Too often we look upon Christianity as an escape from hell and a guarantee of heaven. Beyond that, we feel that we have every right to enjoy the best that this life has to offer. We know that there are those strong verses on discipleship in the Bible, but we have difficulty reconciling them with our ideas of what Christianity should be.

We can accept the fact that soldiers give their lives for patriotic reasons. We do not think it strange that Communists give their lives for political reasons. And yet the words of the Lord Jesus are clear enough. There is scarcely any room for misunderstanding if we accept them at their face value. Here are the terms of discipleship as laid down by the Savior of the world: 1. A supreme love for Jesus Christ.

This does not mean that we should ever have animosity or ill-will in our hearts toward our relatives, but it does mean that our love to Christ should be so great that all other loves are hatred by comparison. Not until we are willing to lay down our very lives for Him are we in the place where He wants us. A denial of self. Denial of self is not the same as self-denial. The latter means forgoing certain foods, pleasures, or possessions. But denial of self means such complete submission to the lordship of Christ that self has no rights or authority at all.

It means that self abdicates the throne. Moule 3. A deliberate choosing of the cross. The cross is not some physical infirmity or mental anguish; these things are common to all men. The cross is a pathway that is deliberately chosen. The cross symbolizes the shame, persecution and abuse which the world heaped upon the Son of God, and which the world will heap on all who choose to stand against the tide. Any believer can avoid the cross simply by being conformed to the world and its ways.

A life spent in following Christ. It was a life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit. It was a life of unselfish service for others. It was a life of zeal, of expenditure, of self-control, of meekness, of kindness, of faithfulness and of devotion Galatians , In order to be His disciples, we must walk as He walked. We must exhibit the fruit of Christ-likeness John A fervent love for all who belong to Christ. This is the love that esteems others better than oneself.

It is the love that suffers long and is kind. It vaunts not itself and is not puffed up. It does not behave itself unseemly; seeks not its own, is not easily provoked; thinks no evil. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things 1 Corinthians Without this love, discipleship would be a cold, legalistic asceticism. An unswerving continuance in His Word. For real discipleship there must be continuance. It is easy enough to start well, to burst forth in a blaze of glory.

But the test of reality is endurance to the end. Spasmodic obedience to the Scriptures will not do. Christ wants those who will follow Him in constant, unquestioning obedience. The handles of my plough with tears are wet, The shears with rust are spoiled, and yet, and yet, My God! My God! Keep me from turning back. A forsaking of all to follow Him. Clever theologians can give you a thousand reasons why it does not mean what it says, but simple disciples drink it down eagerly, assuming that the Lord Jesus knew what He was saying.

What is meant by forsaking all? The man who forsakes all does not become a shiftless loafer; he works hard to provide for the current necessities of his family and himself.

But since the passion of his life is to advance the cause of Christ, he invests everything above current needs in the work of the Lord and leaves the future with God. In seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, he believes that he will never lack food and clothing. He cannot conscientiously hold on to surplus funds when souls are perishing for want of the gospel. In forsaking all, he offers what he cannot keep anyway, and what he has ceased to love.

These then are the seven terms of Christian discipleship. They are clear and unequivocal. The writer realizes that in the act of setting them forth, he has condemned himself as an unprofitable servant.

Is it not true that the message is always greater than the messenger? Is it not proper that God be true and every man a liar?


May 31, Zachary McIntire rated it really liked it I got this book on the recommendation of a friend, and because I had previously read and enjoyed the booklet "Lord, Break Me! It seems that, in his view, the act of setting aside anything for future needs equates to "laying up treasures on earth," and as such, constitutes disobedience to the commands of Christ, per se. It seems to me that interpreting the Scriptures in this way, risks missing the point of what Jesus was teaching. We must let go of these things in our hearts, and never let them take the place that belongs to our Lord alone. Money has the power to bring out the human capacity for sin like almost nothing else, because it represents power to get everything the flesh wants.


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