What Price Obedience?

What it cost Jesus: His blood (1 Peter 1:18-19).

What it cost John the Baptist: his head (Mark 6:17-29).

What it cost Stephen: his life (Acts 7:54-60).

What it cost Matthew: his job (Matthew 9:9).

What it cost Paul: his prestige (Philippians 3:4-8).

What it cost John: his freedom (Acts 4:1-3; Revelation 1:9).

What it cost the Hebrew Christians: their property (Hebrews 10:32-34).

What it cost Epaphroditus: his health (Philippians 2:25-30).

What it cost the Christians of Asia Minor: their popularity (1 Peter 4:1-4).

They believed it was well worth it. Do you?

What has it cost you?

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Comfy?

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Reducing discomfort

Technology enables us to enjoy an increasingly comfortable existence.

Who’d want to go back to the days before indoor plumbing, A/C, and automatic washers? We can be thankful for these things.

But there’s a subtle danger in all this: What happens when doing right isn’t comfortable, convenient—or safe?

Getting out of our comfort zone

Nothing is more incompatible with comfort than the cross. “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me” (Matthew 10:38).

Without this Christ-like toughness in our commitment, we’ll bail out when faithfulness has a sharp edge to it.

Let’s share Paul’s perspective, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Like Them

How He loved them!

They were so slow to get it!

Yet Jesus “loved them to the end” (John 13:1).

What did He see in these disciples?

First, they were willing to leave all to follow Him (Matthew 19:27). Not everyone was.

Second, when others deserted, they stayed. “Lord, to whom shall we go? . . . . We have believed . . . that You are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68-69).

Third, they obeyed. When Jesus sent them out to preach, they went.

Fourth, they grew bold to the point they were glad to be “considered worthy to suffer shame for His name” (Acts 5:41).

Like them, let’s follow Him, stay with Him, obey Him, suffer for Him.

The key to their growth is the key to ours.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Would You?

Would you become a member of a congregation if:

You must give up your highly prestigious position with all its wealth, power, and comfort?

Those in this congregation occupy the bottom rung socially?

They would constantly criticize you, not appreciating what you sacrificed for them?

And would you:

Believe the sacrifice well worth it?

Refuse to look back longingly to all you gave up?

Endure to the end?

If so,

Shake hands with Moses! You have a lot in common.

“By faith Moses . . . choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward” (Hebrews 11:24-26).

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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