|Luke 14:27-30 |
27 And whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.4 [The blind guides of Christendom ignore the cross and tell their followers that they are already saved just by believing in Jesus; but unless you carry the inward cross of self denial to crucify your selfish lusts, passions, and desires, you will be banned from heaven at death. To come after Christ you must wait in humble silence, listening for Him to speak to you from the Word within your heart; faith is to hear Him, and then you must obey Him. Self-denial occurs by obeying the Lord's spoken commands instead of your will, (His will, not your will); this is bearing the cross — the inward cross of self-denial.]
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost to see if he has the money to finish it?5 [Count the cost of forsaking all to be a disciple of Jesus and enter the kingdom, you must forsake all. He who loves his life shall lose it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life (of God) eternal. John 12:25. From the Word of the Lord within: "The sacrifice of life is given to those who can afford it. Thou art the sacrifice."]
29 Lest, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will mock him, [From the Word of the Lord within: I work with the blind; but if you think you can see, and you are not with me in heaven, I will make you a laughingstock.]
30 Saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'
5 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost to see if he has the money to finish it? To seek union with God is not always pleasant, especially the crucifixion of self. Jesus said that before beginning, one should first sit down and calculate the cost whether he has sufficient means to finish it? Otherwise, when he has laid the foundation and is unable to complete, all who see it will begin to mock and jeer at him. Saying, This man began to build and was not able (worth enough) to finish. He is telling us to not even start, unless we are committed to going all the way, including death of self through suffering and tribulation. From the Word of the Lord within: "The sacrifice of life is given to those who can afford it." This commitment comes from a deep hunger, a hunger established by God to draw you to him. He already has far too many, calling themselves "christians," who never even started, much less finished, building his temple to completion in their hearts. Despite much suffering and tribulation, the pain is nothing compared to the reward of knowing God. For God has created us to be loved by him and for us to love him. He is pure, clean, holy, righteous, merciful, truthful, faithful, peaceful, full of joy, and abounding in love for us — eagerly awaiting the opportunity to show his love for us. But to be in his presence and receive his love, we must be changed to become pure to able to receive his spirit in measure — our old wineskin can't hold the new wine — we must let him prepare us a new wineskin — so we can possess and enjoy the superior wine. The cross is different for each man, taking each to the limit of their ability to endure through seven troubles. From the word of the Lord within: "Trust him. He will lead you and watch over you continually. He will never leave you."
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in the flesh is finished with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 1 Pet 4:1-2. Tribulation is not a hard day at the office, a car wreck, or some natural difficulty; it is unmistakably, supernaturally imposed.
For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps. 1 Pet 2:21
You must have fellowship with Christ in his sufferings. 1 Pet 4:12-13
If you will reign with him, you must suffer with him. 2 Tim 2:12
if you will live with him, you must die with him. 2 Tim 2:11 (there must be a "dying daily.")
And if you die with him, you must be buried with him, Rom 6:4
and being buried with him in the true baptism, you also rise with him. Col 2:12