Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
To be a Christian means there are places you won’t go, there are things that you won’t dare do, no matter exciting it seems. It’s a life of sacrifice. Sometimes you won’t be popular with people because you don’t conform to popular practices. It’s a risk you must be willing and ready to take. But in all this, always practice love and practicing love, does not mean you must be friends with everyone. Others, you love but keep at a distance.
The house of God is so divided. Pastors use the pulpit to talk about other pastors. We need to be united as the body of Christ. Acknowledge that you are called for your own, ministries cannot operate the say, pastors can not preach the same way.
1 Corinthians 1:10-12 I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. For some members of Chloe’s household have told me about your quarrels, my dear brothers and sisters. Some of you are saying, “I am a follower of Paul.” Others are saying, “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Peter,” or “I follow only Christ.”
Luke 5:11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus. Peter, James and John were normal fisherman and as soon as they met Jesus, they left everything. Not that what they were doing was wrong but a life with Jesus require some sacrifice. There are things you used to do, places you used to go, that you won’t have time for. Ask the Lord for wisdom as you transition so you can maintain relationships. Luke 5:27-28 Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him. In this journey you have to let go of good and bad things. We don’t follow Jesus the same way. There are those who follow at a distance and those who must be close to the scene. We don’t serve God the same way. We understand the Bible differently, hence what we believe in and what we do is different. Exodus 24:1-2 Then the LORD instructed Moses: “Come up here to me, and bring along Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders. All of you must worship from a distance. Only Moses is allowed to come near to the LORD. The others must not come near, and none of the other people are allowed to climb up the mountain with him.”
You cannot continue as normal after receiving the grace of salvation. There are things no matter how good Satan has packaged them, move away from them. Romans 6:20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
Warm Christians are dangerous. When you go back to your ways, it’s like nullifying all that the Cross has achieved. Revelation 3:15-16 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.