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Guaranteed Eternal Life

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”…… “Truly I tell you,” Jesus said, “there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for my sake and for the sake of the gospel, who will not receive a hundred times more, now at this time — houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions — and eternal life in the age to come.” Mark 10:25, 29-30 CSB https://bible.com/bible/1713/mrk.10.25-30.CSB

 

Guaranteed eternal life. Typically, Christians think of this guarantee upon asking Jesus to forgive their sins, become their Savior, and enter their lives by the Holy Spirit as their new Lord. However, for so many, believing in Jesus becomes an addition to their life rather than the replacement of their life. Jesus, as God, has no interest in being an addition to our lives that we still run and lead. Jesus, as God, must be in control, Lord, over our lives, bringing them to death to self and to full engagement of His work and way, which is the seeking and saving of the lost through sacrificial love and service to others. Few want this life. Jesus guarantees eternal life, with persecutions for suffering because of the consistent presentation of the gospel to others that demands all people repent from their disobedience to God and begin living in obedience to everything Jesus has commanded, for all those who make Him and His work their first love and priority as evidenced by forsaking all including family and wealth. Forsaking all doesn’t mean walking away from family and work. Still, it does mean obeying Jesus when family and work would have us do other than following Jesus to give generously, love unconditionally, serve sacrificially, and share the gospel continuously. If the cost of our Christianity is nothing, then we might be in the same place as the camel seeking to squeeze through the eye of a sewing needle to get to heaven.

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