Do you value your soul enough to give up something? (Mark 9:43-47). Jesus said unless we forsake all, we cannot be his disciples (Luke 14:33). There was a young rich man who came to Christ requesting to be one of His followers, but when Jesus told him to give his riches to the poor, the man refused (Mark 10:21-22). For some reason, the Lord saw that this man needed to do that, and that is why the man was told those words (Mark 10:23-25; 1 Timothy 6:17-19).
Now, don’t get Jesus wrong—He doesn’t expect you live a pauper’s life (Luke 12:22-30). But these examples are given so that we may understand that following the Lord requires more then lip service—it requires that a person separates himself from anything that would be in violation of God’s will (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 2 Tim. 2:19; 1 Cor. 6:9-11, 18; Colossians 3:5-10; Ephesians 5:11-12). Men are sinful creatures and in need of direction, so if we want to make it to heaven, we have to do what God commands (Matthew 7:21).
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