Day: September 27, 2011

He Asks For Absolute Surrender!

J.R. Miller 90x115by J.R. Miller

"Daily Bible Readings in the Life of Christ" 1890

"Follow Me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19

"They immediately left their nets, and followed Him." Matthew 4:20

Their nets were probably all that they owned! It was with these, that they earned their living. Yet at the call of Christ–they gave up all, cut themselves off from their means of support, and in simple obedience and faith, went with Him.

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Following The Christ of Christianity

J.C. Ryle 90x115by J.C. Ryle

A little formal church-going, and a decent attendance at a place of worship, can never be the Christianity of which Christ speaks of. Where is our self-denial? Where is our daily carrying of the cross? Where is our following of Christ? Without a religion of this kind we shall never be saved. A crucified Savior will never be content to have a self-pleasing, self-indulging, worldly-minded people. No self-denial–no real grace! No cross–no crown! “Those who are Christ’s,” says Paul, “have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts” (Gal. 5:24). “Whoever will save his life,” says the Lord Jesus, “shall lose it; but whoever will lose his life for My sake shall save it.”

by J.C. Ryle