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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, April 21, 1999
Dear Colleagues,

AS A SERIOUS FOLLOWER OF CHRIST, HERE ARE FIVE QUESTIONS YOU MAY WANT TO ASK YOURSELF:

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#1  Have I forsaken that which is dearest to me to follow Him — regardless of the cost?

“…Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Lk. 14:33b)

#2  Do my priorities, intentions, and inner attitudes reflect a settled resolve to become like Jesus?

“…All the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life.  Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant – dog dung.  I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by Him.” (Phil. 3:7,8 – The Message)

#3  Am I choosing to forfeit things normally sought out by the masses in order to follow Him?

“…What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight…[Therefore,] enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”  (Lk. 16:15b, Matt. 7:13, 14))

#4  Am I  systematically and progressively re-arranging my affairs to get His training?  To become His pupil

“Look carefully then how you walk!  Live purposefully and worthily and accurately…as wise (sensible, intelligent people)…Do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.”  (Eph. 5:15, 17 – Amp.)

#5  Is my manner of life, as a determined follower of Christ, obvious to the thoughtful people around me? It is obvious to me

 “This should be your ambition: to live a quiet life, minding your own business and doing your own work, just as we told you before.  As a result, people who are not Christians will trust and respect you…”   (I Thess. 4:11, 12a – Living)

CONCLUSION:  “The cross-shaped yoke of Christ is…an instrument of liberation and power to those who live in it with Him and learn the meekness and lowliness of heart that brings rest to the soul…[It is] the fulfillment of the highest human possibilities and as life on the highest plane.”+

 

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

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