Life’s Problems? EASY! Select Jesus!

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Ya, I’m not thinking that is what Jesus said about us following him.

Here is what he told Ananias to comfort the recent convert Saul, who had been blinded during his conversion:

“I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Acts 9-16

It was a right, solid prophecy. Here is a life recap later by Paul (who had changed his name):

I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?

2 Corinthians 11:23-29

Or how about this encouragement from Jesus to the man who wanted to follow him:

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Mark 10:21

There isn’t much health and wealth gospel in this example either:

When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”

Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Matthew 8:18-20

Or in this focus on the family principle from Jesus:

Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Matthew 8:21-22

There is something seriously wrong with this salvation marketing strategy. Not to mention that Jesus wouldn’t be caught dead in this shirt.