7/26/15 The Cost Of Following…And The Cost Of Turning Away

“Anyone who wants to follow Me will have to accept, even welcome, a life of suffering.  Every day will bring new trials.  I will be with you through it all, and will give you the strength to endure to the end.  And in exchange, you will receive eternal life filled with joy in the Kingdom of Heaven.  For, anyone who loves his own life in this world more than the life to come in Heaven will lose both.  But whoever gives his life to follow Me and proclaim My Good News to the world will gain everything.  Consider this, what do you really have if you attain the highest honors and wealth, and experience all the joys that this world has to offer, but in doing so you lose your soul to the everlasting fires of hell?  And what would you be willing to give up in this life to keep your soul secure and receive eternal life in Heaven?  For the everyday trials of this world that last only a few years are nothing compared to the joy of Heaven that will endure forever.  In the last day, I will come to you in My glory and in the glory of God, with the army of the angels of Heaven around Me, and will reward each person in proportion to what he has done for Me.  Whoever is ashamed of Me and turns away from Me on earth, I will be ashamed of him and turn away from him in Heaven.  I tell you the truth, there are some standing here today who will live to see the Kingdom of Heaven come with power to this earth.”

Matthew 16:24-28, Mark 8:34-9:1, Luke 9:23-27, http://biblehub.com/commentaries/barnes/matthew/16-28.htm

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