- Day 50 -
I Am Coming Soon!
We must set our minds and wills to be obedient to YAHveh (the Lord). YAHshua (Jesus) says in Mark 8:38, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” YAHshua (Jesus) is bringing up the following subject to the forefront because we all have suffered shame, self-consciousness, embarrassment, the fear of man and rejection, and concern for our own reputation too many times and have not spoken up and taken a stand to proclaim His righteousness and His kingdom. In reality, we have all fallen prey at time to being cowards.
Our beloved Savior made it clear during His ministry on earth that there was a great price to pay to follow Him. Yes, salvation is free through His atoning and sacrificial blood, but to follow Him into His kingdom He was very explicit on how high that cost would be. Again and again and again we are going to have to be confronted with the reality of the cost to follow YAHshua (Jesus) and to recount the cost at every new threshold in the narrowing of the narrow path that leads to life. We are continually going to feel that the death of our flesh is being required even more than before.
Very few of us when led to salvation were ever taught that we first had to count the cost and what that cost would be. This is due to the fact that most people were never taught it and never counted the cost—therefore, they are walking on the broader path instead of the narrow path. From generation to generation the broader path gets filled with more people and the narrow path is overlooked and justified away by “religion” that says this does not apply to the Jesus we know.
We have to take a serious look at the Savior who gave His life and the requirements He made clear right up front to those listening, in order that they could truly count the cost and know what it meant to follow Him. It would need to be recounted throughout their walk in order to continue following Him on that straight and narrow path that He said very few would enter. "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to” (Luke 13:24).
"And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God; but he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:8-9). To deny Him does not mean to completely disavow that you even know YAHshua (Jesus) and that you are a follower, it is the way you live your life. This should bring us conviction. Only those who have denied themselves and picked up their cross and are being daily crucified on that cross, identified with YAHshua, only they are going to be the ones who can bear witness bravely and never deny YAHshua (Jesus) even if it cost them their lives.
YAHshua is taking the words “deny me” into a place where your whole lifestyle has to be so dramatically speaking of your love and service to Him and that your humility to live a yielded life to Him is so very magnified that others will know you have been with Him. That is what the servant girl said to Peter, "This man was with YAHshua (Jesus) of Nazareth" (Matthew 26:71). You have been with Him. So even though his mouth denied it the fact that he stayed so close to YAHshua spoke to the non-believer but he had not yet counted the cost to be associated with Him.
He who is ashamed of Me is not really the right word. It is everything about us has to be so peculiar and separate unto YAHshua that others will know that we are truly believers regardless of the cost to our lives, marriages, and families. We cannot in anyway succumb to fitting in, pleasing others, and try to remain undercover. Unless you pick up your cross and deny yourself you are not His disciple. So he who denies himself and picks up his cross and continues that life of denial where everyone can see you are truly separate and peculiar and have been living a life of intimacy with Him—those are the ones YAHshua (Jesus) is not going to deny.