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          Keep Following Yeshua

Luke 9:23 CJB

Then to everyone he (Yeshua) said, "If anyone wants to come after me, let him say 'No' to himself, take up his execution-stake daily and keep following me.

Believers are called to be disciples of Yeshua.  A disciple is one who followers a teacher. He (she) is a learner under authority who is pursuing truth. To be a disciple of Jesus one must be willing to give up everything for His sake. However, when we are willing to lose all for the sake of Christ, He promises to restore back to us a one-hundred-fold blessing. Kefa began saying to him, "Look, we have left everything and followed you."  Yeshua said, "Yes! I tell you that there is no one who has left house, brothers, sisters, mother, father, children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, who will not receive a hundred times over, now, in the  world to come, homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and lands — with persecutions! — and in the world to come, eternal life. Mark 10:28-30 CJB

As someone has said “He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” With Yeshua it is a win, win situation. Therefore He requires nothing less than total commitment.

One of the greatest hindrances in society today is peer pressure. The pressure to conform to “norm”, to do what everyone else is doing. However, we must decide where our allegiance lies. Will we follow Yeshua or give in to family and friends?

“It is enough for the disciple that he be as his Master.” At first sight this looks like an enormous honor: to be “as his Master” is marvelous glory—is it? Look at Jesus as he was when he was here, it was anything but glory. He was easily ignorable, saving to those who knew him intimately; to the majority of men he was “as a root out of a dry ground.” For thirty years he was obscure, then for three years he went through popularity, scandal, and hatred; he succeeded in gathering a handful of fishermen as disciples, one of whom betrayed him, one denied him, and all forsook him; and he says, “It is enough for you to be like that.” The idea of evangelical success, church prosperity, civilized manifestation, does not come into it at all”. [Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)]