Hate Your Own Life!

In Lu. 14:26, that: “If you want to be my disciple, you MUST, by COMPARISON, HATE EVERYONE ELSE,” He goes on to list your family, but he ends with this: “yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.” In Germany in the early 1700’s, two young men named John Dober and David Nitschman heard the account of a former slave from an island in the West Indies. He told the story that there were three thousand slaved working on the island who would want to be told the story of Jesus, but none of them had ever heard of the love of Christ. Both were deeply convicted to do something about that. Their first plan was to sell themselves into slavery and go that island, but they were told that that was impossible because they were white. This did not slow down their determination to get to the island and tell this people about Jesus. Their own families and church were against them going, telling them that they had the rest of their lives ahead of them. Their friends pleaded with them to not go, but they wouldn’t listen. Finally, they were allowed to go with the understanding that their primary function on the island would be to work, and they could preach on the side. John was a potter and David, a carpenter. As the two men set sail, leaving Europe, possible never to return, they yelled to their friends and family members who were still on the pier, “May the Lamb that was slain receive the full reward of His suffering.” This is extreme sacrifice. These two men did not love their lives more than their love of Christ and his saving message. They wanted to do whatever it took to share Him with those three thousand slaves. Leonard Ravenhill once said: “What are you living for that is worth Christ dying for?” Are you living for only yourself? If you want to be a disciple this is a huge question, and it must be answered every minute of our lives. What was the outcome of these two men’s sacrifice? Over time on that island and the surrounding islands, over 13,000 people were baptized. All of this happened because two young men sacrificed their lives for the Gospel of Jesus. What about you?

Published by advicefromyourunclerobin

Robin is a Pastor, has been for 40 years. He is married to Jayme and together they have 7 children. Candace, Courtney, Cassidy, Caleb, Kally, Collin & Jacob. Robin & Jayme have great and awesome grandchildren. He loves his Webb City Cardinals, the St. Louis Cardinals. He also tries to go golfing and fly fishing whenever he can - but not nearly enough.

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