Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Call to Discipleship

Yesterday on facebook the below excerpt was shared by The Berean Call, and it was so good I wanted to share it here as well. (It is from one of my favorite books which I would highly recommend!)

One of God's masterpieces - photos taken one recent Sunday evening on our way to church.

"Nuggets from “An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith” by Dave Hunt – Daily Death and Resurrection - 
At the heart of Christ’s call to discipleship is the daily application of His cross in the believer’s life. Yet one seldom hears in evangelical circles Christ’s definitive declaration: “And whosever doth not bear his cross, and come after me…[and] forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27-33). The call to discipleship must be honestly faced. Through the cross we die to self and begin to live to our Lord in resurrection power (Galatians 2:20). Indeed, Christ’s death on the cross would have been a hollow act if it did not bring forth new life, for now and for eternity.
Resurrection life reckons the old life dead and makes no provision for the flesh (Romans 6:4, 11; 13:14). Instead of the popular self-esteem, God calls us to deny self, to love truth and hate folly, to please God instead of others or ourselves – no matter what the cost in this life. Never mind social pressures from what others think, say, or do. We must be fully persuaded that what God thinks and what He will say when we appear before Him one day is all that matters.
As Jim Elliot, one of the five martyrs killed in Ecuador in 1956, said when as a young man he chose the mission field over more popular careers, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” That choice is only logical if one believes that time is short and eternity is endless. Such commitment brings heavenly joy, peace, and a fulfillment that nothing earth offers can rival."

What a powerful reminder this is of what the life of a follower of Christ should be!

2 comments:

  1. What beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing them and The Berean Call. I saw a few other books in your book list I think I will check out, also. May God bless you richly today and every day of your life. I am writing from the snowy Black Hills in South Dakota. Take care,

    Cate <><

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  2. Welcome to my blog, Cate, and thank you! You're welcome for sharing. :) I hope any of the books you might read will be a blessing!

    Thank you so much! The Black Hills are a beautiful area . . . I have been there once when I was a little girl and loved it!

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)