SOLD OUT, 28.11.18

Scriptures/References:

Matt. 10:16,19-23,26,28,33,37-39

Lk.9:3,23,58-62

Matt.20:22

Matt.4:19-22

Rev.12:11

Matt.24:9-13

Jason Upton, Message @ https://youtu.be/q-IRAiT9JPc, “I Don’t Know Where I’m Going”

We who are His are called to a higher standard. We are called to “Take up our cross and deny self daily and follow Him” (Lk.9:23). This is no small matter. This requires death to self/flesh; this means being all sold out to Jesus/Yeshua and the Father’s plans, purposes, and will, being willing to drop everything, leave what you planned to do, and go/do whatever He might call you to, just as when He called His disciples: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.   . . . . He saw . . . . two other brothers, Jacob the son of Zebedee and John his brother. . . . and He called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him” (Matt.4:19-22). True discipleship calls for immediate obedience, laying it all down, dropping everything and following the Master, and lover of our souls.

“In the company of Jesus, nobody knows where they are going,” (Jason Upton, message and song, https://youtu.be/q-IRAiT9JPc), is congruent with:  “Take nothing for the journey—no walking stick, no travel bag, no bread, no money, nor even to have two shirts. …” (Lk.9:3). Further to this, “Yeshua said to him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” He said to another, “Follow Me”” (Lk.9:58,59).  There was no promise of private jets or five-star hotels, no certainty of what they would be doing, no plan, no blue-print. Following Jesus/Yeshua is about trusting Him. It means trusting as Abraham trusted Yahweh, when he had no idea where he would be going, or what it would involve.

“But that one said, “First let me go and bury my father.”  But Yeshua said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Then another also said, “I will follow You, Master, but first let me say goodbye to those in my home. But Yeshua said to him, “No one who has put his hand to the plow and looked back is fit for the kingdom of God””(Lk.9:59-62). Much misrepresentation of who Yeshua was has been handed down through erroneous teachings, movies, writings, and music, that portray Yeshua as some soppy push-over, a hippy tip-toeing through the tulips. He was very directive, authoritative, and didn’t mince His words; He said, basically: if you want to follow me, this is what you have to do. . . ..listen for My voice . .. and walk in my footsteps . . . .  “You do not know what you are asking,”Jesus replied. “Are you able to drink the cup I am going to drink?” (Matt.20:22).

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matt.10:16). Not only was there no game plan; there was no certainty of anything. “There is no certainty following Jesus; trust is our ultimate worship . . .” (Jason Upton, https://youtu.be/q-IRAiT9JPc). Instead, we are warned, as they were then, that there will be persecution and we are to rely on Him only: “when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you should say, for it shall be given to you in that hour what you should say. For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  . . . you will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end shall be saved. . . .” (Matt.10:19-23). He didn’t try to gloss over what His followers may need to endure; He never said it was going to be a cake-walk; He never said, as you hear the TV preachers tell you today, “plant your seed in my ministry and you will be blessed with riches . . . . .”  Instead, He said “do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the One who is able to destroy both soul and body in Gehenna” (Matt.10:28). At no point did Jesus/Yeshua try to get people to follow Him by offering perks and trying to make it look appealing. He called it like it was, warning them there would be perils and hardships; yet, somehow today’s christians seem to expect an easy road. . .  

Yeshua/Jesus was clear about His expectations: “He who loves father or mother more than Me isn’t worthy of Me, and he who loves son or daughter more than Me isn’t worthy of Me. And whoever does not take up his cross and follow after Me isn’t worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” (Matt.10:37-39). Could it be any clearer, that the expectation is to put HIM and Kingdom purposes FIRST, before self, family, everything. There is no compromise with Jesus/Yeshua’s requirements of true discipleship; yet we constantly see watered down versions of the truth, a lukewarm attitude, with grace being used as an excuse for compromise and outright disobedience.

These passages speak to total uncompromising obedience, total surrender, being all sold out to Him/to His purposes. “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives even in the face of death” (Rev.12:11), which, whenever I have heard a teaching on, the final and most important part, the call to be ready to give up our lives for the sake of the Kingdom, is omitted. Our lives, though valuable to Him, are not more valuable than His purposes.

Are you ready to truly live your life for HIM and give up self? Are you all sold out to HIM? We are in the last days; real persecution is coming; only those of us who are totally sold out are going to make it through, for “many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Matt.24:9-13).

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