Renounce Christ and Die

Matthew 19:29, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for My name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.”

This does not mean the Christian must abandon all family and possessions to inherit eternal life, as the medieval monks once thought. God has commanded us to obey our parents, to be the husband of one wife and the wife of one husband, and to love and discipline our children, which we cannot do without possessions. God does not go back on these commandments, and we are not to forsake them.

However, if it comes to renouncing either Christ or my family, the law, etc., I must say, “Goodbye, and do with me what you will, for I shall not renounce my Lord and Saviour who has given me all my reason and senses and has promised me eternal life.” Yes, it is painful to lose family and security when  refusing to renounce Christ; it is the cost of discipleship. And what a meagre price to pay when Christ paid for your salvation with His blood. Renounce Christ, and you die. Cling to Christ, and you live.

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