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“The Cost Of True Righteousness”
Calvin J. Moss
In Matthew 10:34, Jesus says “Think not that I am come to send peace, but a sword; for I am come to set a man at variance against his father and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. He that taketh not his cross and followeth after me is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
What Jesus is saying here is that he came to separate the righteous from the sinners. He is setting the son and daughter apart and against the sins of their mother and father. If you will notice, a lot of children today have been brought up the same way their parents were. The parents were brought up in a sinful lifestyle. An example of this is in church. Many parents thought they were saved by only getting water baptized. Some believe that just having a bible in every room meant the house was blessed. These are religious beliefs that please the devil. This is the misconception that society has. People feel that they can come to church on Sunday and say thank you Jesus and go home living like the devil and think it is okay. This is one reason why so many people do not have respect for the church. People think they are righteous because they went to a service. True righteous begins when you get born of the water and spirit. After that the cost of it begins. When you get saved it is time to tell momma and everyone else the truth. When this happens, heads clash and disagreements occur. People especially our love ones must know that religious stuff will lead them to hell.
My brother and I had an argument about rap music- the gangster/thug type. I told him that rap music was contributing to lead kids to hell and that it was of the devil. He disagreed and said that is cult thinking. He became loud, upset and felt he could not be comfortable around me. We both were rappers at one time. The fact is gangster music glorifies the devil. Today we are still brothers and talk like nothing happened although he knows where I stand and I know where he stand. True righteous agrees that gangster music is of the devil period.
The bottom line is that the truth hurts. It forces people to get out of their comfort zone. People know what the bible says to a certain degree but refuse to conform to the word because it will cost them something. That is the hard part, so society begins to constrict the bible to fit their lifestyle. It is not about their lifestyle, it is about Christ style. When you mention their unrighteousness, you become the bad guy. It is so sad that people think they do not have to be born again. They feel that all that is needed is to just believe. Well, I believed in God before I got saved but that did not qualify me biblically as saved. I had to get word washed. Jesus said a man `s foes will be in his own household. In some nations, particularly third world countries like India, men and women are disowned for telling their families about their faith in Jesus. I believe that our brothers and sisters have been beaten and killed for this. Jesus said blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:10).
We must understand that true righteousness can and will probably require you to give up a lot of things that matters most to you. The things that you used to do but can no longer do them as well as things you should not do at all. It will definitely cost you your life (Matthew 10:39). Amen.
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