The Child of God Should be Ready to Suffer

September 20, 2012 at 1:22 pm (Remodeling the Mind) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Genuine readiness to suffer thins out the number of true Children of God from the ranks of professing believers; it eliminates those whose walk goes no further than a cheap profession. A person who looks into the crowed sanctuaries of Christendom today and finds multitudes who flock after the Word might wonder why ministers say that this company of Christians is such a small one, and he might think that they who say such things cannot see the forest for the trees. This very situation made one of the disciples question Christ: “Lord, are there few that be saved?” (Luke13:23). At that time Christ “went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem” (vs. 22). When his followers saw Christ preaching so freely in every town, it seemed almost incredible to think that only a few of them would be saved.

Now mark how our Savior solved this riddle: “And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the straight gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” (vs.24). Christ said His disciples were measuring by the wrong rule. “If following after sermons and testimonies and excitement were enough to save, heaven would already be full,” He was saying. But do not sift the pure from the impure by such a coarse sieve. “Strive to enter – fight and wrestle, risk life and limb rather than fall short of heaven.” “For many shall seek, but shall not be able” – that is, they are looking for cheap religion through an easy profession.

Almost anyone is willing to walk through heaven’s door if he never has to risk his pride in public or hazard his everyday interest by any inconvenience or opposition of the world. But “they shall not be able” to enter because their hearts are not willing to strive even unto blood. If we take the standard to be striving, not merely seeking, then the number of God’s Child-soldiers will shrink, like Gideon’s army, to a little troop.

Taken from The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall.

Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah ❤

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