We have met so many people who are attracted to our message of living by faith and working for God instead of Money (Matthew 6:24-34; Luke 16:13-15).
But who in the world is actually PRACTICING these teachings of Jesus?
Jesus says: “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? “Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ “Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? “Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. (Luke 14:28-33)
Even when people hear the message and are excited about working for God instead of Money, when they begin to “count the cost” of what it takes to be a disciple of Christ, they usually either 1). become gripped by fear and 2). make excuses for themselves as to why THEY don’t have to follow these commands of our Lord. Often times it’s a blend of these two reasons.
People are willing to literally forsake their lives by joining the military, knowing full well that there is a good chance of being killed or at least suffer serious injuries, altering their lives forever. And even if people join the military for “patriotic” reasons, they still would not become a soldier if it weren’t for the pay.
Think about that: People will ultimately die for a paycheck, yet when it comes to obeying the clear instruction from the One who says He’ll give eternal life, people say that the price is too high! If people profess to be Christians and believe that God will literally raise them back to life after death, wouldn’t ANY price, regardless of the cost, be worth eternal life?
The simple fact is that 99.99% of Christians who say they believe in the eternal life that Christ promised to those who obey Him suddenly lose their faith in the promise. It all comes down to faith.
As Jesus says… “when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:8b)
Based on our years of experience, hardly anyone has real faith in Jesus and His teachings.
What about you?