We have already said that the condition for any success is TO WANT ONE THING: “The first condition for greater than average success in any field, including the art of living, is to want one thing. … She is so devoted to her that all her energy flows in the direction of the chosen goal. ”(Erich Fromm, psychologist). “People can only focus on one thing at a time (or a few things at best) if they are to do it exceptionally well.” (Stephen Covey) <Does this principle also exist in Christianity? > THE BIBLE SAYS SURE: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will cling to one and despise the other. ”(Mt 6:24) “Let such a man not believe that he will receive anything from the Lord; – a man with a divided mind, unstable in all his actions. Ite cleanse your hearts, you who have a divided mind. ”(James 1: 7-8; 4: 8) “You will seek me and find me; if you seek me with all your heart, 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord (Jer 29: 13-14). ” “61 Another said,” Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say goodbye to my family. ” 62 Jesus saith unto him, He that put his hand to the plow, and looked not back is not for the kingdom of God. (Luke 9: 61-62) “28 If any of you want to build a tower, will you not sit down first and recalculate the load, or do you have to finish it? 29 And when he shall lay his foundation, and shall not be able to finish it, he shall not mock all that see it: 30 This man hath begun to build, and he cannot finish. 31 For if a king goes on to fight with another king, will he not first sit down, and think, if he can with ten thousand, against him that goth against him with twenty thousand? 32 If not, he will send a message while he is still far away, asking for conditions of peace. 33 So neither of you, unless he renounces all that he has, can be my disciple. (Luke 14: 28-33) “44 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in the field; When a man finds him, he hides him, and out of joy he goes, he sells everything he has and buys the field. 45 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant seeking precious pearls. 46 When he finds a precious pearl, he goes and sells everything he has and buys it. (Matt. 13: 44-46) <WHY? > 1) IT IS A GREAT GOAL “Being like God” – is there a bigger and more ambitious goal? If smaller – and easier! – Goals require “full commitment,” the more the goal, the greatest of all: Become God! Jesus does not hide the difficulty of this goal in any way: “13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for there is a great gate, and a great way; 14 How narrow is the gate and narrow way that leads to life, and few who find it! (Matt. 7: 13-14) “24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for I say unto you, Many shall try to enter, and shall not be able to enter. And he will tell you, “I don’t know where you are from!” 26 Then you will begin to say, “We ate and drank with you, you taught in our streets.” 27 But he will say unto you, I know not whence ye are: depart from me, all ye that work iniquity. (Luke 13: 24-27) “20 Therefore I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall be greater than the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:20) Or the author of the letter to the Hebrews: “Let us throw away all the burdens and sin that grip us, and let us run persistently in the race before us, 2 with our eyes fixed on Jesus, the originator, and completer of the faith. Instead of the joy that came to him, he took on the cross, despised his disgrace, and sat at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Think of him who endured such a contradiction of sinners so that you would not slacken and fall in spirit. 4 In the fight against sin, you have not yet resisted to blood. (Heb 12: 1-4) But that is far from the main thing! There is another, much more serious reason…: THE GOAL IS “TO BE” <Can you tell the difference between Caesar and Rex Harrison, who played Caesar in the legendary 1963 film Cleopatra with the phenomenal Elisabeth Taylor as Cleopatra? > Caesar is – 100%, completely, without exception. Rex Harrison plays Caesar – but he’s not him. In a way, he can be said to be divided: He’s Rex Harrison, but sometimes he acts and behaves like Caesar – he may even feel like Caesar – but only to a certain extent. But then, when he comes to that border, he puts down Caesar’s mask again, and Rex Harrison is out of it again… <What would have to happen for Rex Harrison to really become Gaius Julius Cesar? > He would really have to become IT: that is, Rex Harrison’s personality would have to disappear completely, die, perish, dissolve,… – to make room for 100% of Caesar’s personality! <Being a Christian means BECOME A GOD – that is, BECOME A CHRIST. Does this also apply in this case? The same? > To be saved = to be deified = TO BE Christ. Not just “imitate” Him in something, or “practice” something, but BE Christ! And that’s only 100% possible – or not at all! Anything below 100% is just theater, “playing,” something where on the outside we pretend to be someone other than we really are! This is, after all, the meaning of the word “hypocrite” – gr. hypocrites, that is, an actor… In the words of the Bible: “Among the Pharisees was a man named Nicodemus, a leading man among the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus at night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you came from God as a teacher, for no one can do the signs you do unless God is with him.” 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God: 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh; that I told you, “You must be born again” (John 3: 1-7). “27 For as many of you as having been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 He is no more a Jew, nor a Greek, there is no bond nor free, there is no man or woman: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And when ye are Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Gal. 3: 27-29) “8 And now set aside all things; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and bitter words out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, that you have stripped off the older man with his deeds. 11 Then there is no more Greek, nor Jew, circumcision nor circumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, servant, free; but all things are in all things. (Col. 3: 8-11) “You are to put aside the old man with the previous way of life, who is pursuing deceptive desires into destruction, 23 and to renew himself spiritually by a change of mind, 24 to put on a new man who is created according to God in righteousness and true holiness. (Eph. 4: 22-24) “3 Or do you not know that all that were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” 4 By baptism we were buried with him to death, that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so may we live a new life. 5 For if we have grown up with him and become like unto him in death, we shall be like unto him in the resurrection. 6 For we know that our old man was crucified with him so that the sinful body (= older man) may be destroyed so that we no longer enslave sin. 7 For he that is dead is freed from sin. (Rom 6: 3-7)
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