“You won’t believe the freedom you find from the things you leave behind”

Thursday is for Discipleship

Michael Card 2Many have lists of legalistic rules that must be kept to be considered Christians. “Don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t watch movies and the like—-ridiculous, idiotic, Christ-insulating barriers to proclaiming the good news of Jesus—-add-ons to the real call to discipleship and intimacy and value that Jesus said we must have.

But Jesus’ call to follow him is not filled with such nonsense. It is filled with substance and the need to count the cost. And when that cost is counted, he is found worthy on all fronts. As Michael Card sang in his song, “You won’t believe the freedom you find from the things you leave behind.”

The call of discipleship is not to be legalized and tamed but counted and followed.

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3)

No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13)

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  (John 15:4)

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. … So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26–27, 33)

Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:25)

He is worthy. He is worthy. He is worthy.

Let’s remember that with each breath we take.

© Marty Schoenleber, Jr. 2010

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