Youths told about discipleship


TO follow Jesus Christ is a lifetime commitment and not just a one-off decision, Anglican youth leader Nielphone Woworu says.
Woworu is a member of the St Mary’s Anglican church in Port Moresby.
He told young people last Friday during a fellowship that there was also a cost for being a follower of Christ.
He quoted Luke 9:57-62 where a man in the crowd told Jesus that he would follow him wherever he went.
But Jesus told him that “foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head”.
“If you raise your hand up and say that Jesus, I will follow you, then there is no turning back,” he said.
“Jesus has already said that foxes have holes and birds have nests but he has no place to rest.
“It means that whether hail or shine, food or no food, attending church or not, you have made a lifetime decision to follow Christ regardless of situations and circumstances.”
Woworu told them that when the man said he had to go back and bury his dead father before following Jesus , he told him “let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God”.
“In a place of worship, God identifies someone’s potential and calls them by their names to follow him.
“When Jesus identifies the potential in you and says come and follow me, do so.
“We tend to put something else in front of us to take the place of God.
“Anything that takes the place of God is an idol.”

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