TOPIC: CHRISTIAN CHARACTER
QUESTION: WHAT MUST I GIVE UP TO BECOME A CHRISTIAN?
Study References: Philippians 3:7-14, Matthew 19:16-30, Matthew 16:24
1 John 2:15 says; "Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them."
The "world", the above scripture is talking about is the ways and attitude of those who are unbelievers, that is why the bible said in Romans 12:2; "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." The way of the world is based on the what we see, the lust of the eye, the thirst for power, the desire for quick riches, this is not the way for believers.
We walk by faith, not by sight. We respond to the word of God. The study reference, Matthew 16:24 says; "Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me." You must deny yourself of worldly gains and pleasure if you want to follow Jesus or become a true believer of His word.
Philippians 3:7-11 says; "But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
The above scripture says, we should give up our pride, our worldly desires, our worldly achievements to gain Christ. When we have Christ, we have everything.
Matthew 16:25 says; "For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it."