You find the question in Matthew 19:27, “What shall we have therefore?” Do you have the right to ask this question? When you think about it, even Jesus encouraged people to count the cost. Did you ever notice that a rich young man asked this very im-portant question in regard to salvation? “What must I do to be saved?” Matthew 19:21. Peter certainly had considered the cost when he said, “Behold, we have forsaken all, to follow you.” Need I reiterate what Paul meant when he penned, “In times past we walked according the course of this world, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind” Ephesians 2:3. If we are walking ac-cording the course of this world, is there another path which we should be walking? Whatever happened to, “Mortify the deeds of the body and/or cease to do evil and learn to do well”? Isaiah saw it for what it was, “ Cease to do evil and cleave to that which is good“ Isaiah 1:16,17.
Jesus had no problem with making a reference to Lot’s wife. “Remember Lot’s wife,” is something to think about. Her love for Sodom and the neighboring cities certainly had a pull on her. I am not sure some so called Christians understand the gravity of obey-ing his precepts, i.e., unquestioning loyalty to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. What do we get out of it? The prodigal is a good example, if you stop to think about it. He got a cleansing, just like everyone else who comes home from the pig pen. It was a royal reception for him and a welcome embrace from the Father. What a blessing it is to look at the Word of God from this point of view, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration, when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones...” Matthew 19:28. How cool is that? What do I mean by, “What do you get out of it?”. That is an easy question. Your future is as bright as the prom-ises of God. HALLELUJAH!!!!
Your loving pastors,
Cleddie & GayNell Keith