If we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Master, then He accepts us as children and He treats us as children. We have to submit ourselves to Him, commit ourselves to Him, because Jesus is committed to us. He said:”I will never leave you and I will never forsake you.” It is not his will that we fail in our walk with Him but that we endure with Him and follow him until the very end and find the entry into the kingdom of heaven.
Not many people will keep on following Jesus until the end. Jesus is committed to help us to enter His kingdom, to finally get into heaven, but we have to take His yoke upon us. We have to obey His words. His commandments and follow Him until the very end. We have to learn from Him. Jesus said, and I read from Matthew 11: 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” It is not easy to follow Jesus. It is not easy to live according to His words, His commandments, the words that He spoke as also recorded in the Gospels; but we have to walk in His ways and endure with Him until the end to have eternal life. We have to repent of all sin and be baptized in water, we have to go after Him with all our power, commit our lives to Him and be led by the Holy Spirit, to be able
to be pleasing to Him, to bear fruit, and enter His kingdom.
If we stray or go wrong or if we do not understand what He is teaching us, then He will discipline us, because he needs to purify us so that we can share in His holiness. Without holiness no man shall see God. Many believers find themselves in a difficulty, in sickness and in pain, after committing to following Jesus Christ. They might be taking medication and that medication does not help for the pain. It is because Jesus is speaking to them through their sickness, through that pain. He is teaching them obedience. He is trying to get their attention to make them understand that they need to now submit to Him. They belong to Him. They have committed to Him. They cannot live their lives to please themselves anymore. They cannot live like the world anymore. They have to live like children of God. The discipline of Jesus can be very severe because it is not His will that we perish.
If we read in the Old Testament how the children of Israel that were delivered from oppression in Egypt, how they were led out into the wilderness and how they never got to know the ways of the Lord. They never learned His ways. Those who followed Moses through the Red Sea and into the wilderness did not enter into the Promised Land because our they never got to know the ways of the Lord, they never learned his ways. They all perished, they were struck down in the wilderness because they did not get to know His ways. Only their children went into the promised land, and they went under the leadership of Joshua because not even Moses was fit to lead them into the Promised Land. We need to submit ourselves to Jesus and understand that it is His will that we learn His ways. If we do not learn His ways and if we do not change and become like Him, we will not enter His kingdom.
If you are going through difficulty, through pain and suffering, after you have accepted Jesus Christ, examine yourself. Examine your life. Are you following Jesus? Are you living according to His words? Are you pleasing to Him? Are you serious about following Him, because He is serious about leading you into His kingdom, but if you do not respond, if you do not learn from Him, you will not enter His kingdom. We need to take the yoke of Jesus upon us, obey Him, listen to Him, follow Him, learn from Him to be able to enter His kingdom.
It is the love of God, His mercy and grace, that is leading us to repentance, and to obedience, to knowledge of Jesus Christ. He is leading us to understanding of what it means to be a child of God. If we do not learn and gain understanding we are not fit for the kingdom of heaven. We have to take His yoke upon us and learn from Him, follow and obey Him until the very end, because strait is the gate, narrow is the door, and few there be that find it.
Submit to Jesus, yield to His discipline and direction, learn from Him, and He will guide you into His kingdom.
May Jesus bless you.