Truth, is not always easy to speak, it is not always easy to abide, it is not always easy to follow. Why then do men think that it is easy to follow Jesus? — THE TRUTH
Abram (Abraham) was comfortable and doing well in a familiar land among his people (Genesis 12:1).
Paul was a Pharisee and well respected among the Jews (Philippians 3:5).
Peter, James and John were fishermen which was a very necessary profession (Luke 5:1-11).
Matthew was a tax collector, they were despised because that sometimes opened opportunities for dishonest gain.
The disciples had wives and families (Matthew 8:14, 1 Corinthians 9:5). When these men accepted their calling it affected their families, livelihoods professions and reputations. IT WASN’T A SMOOTH, EASY, OR CONVENIENT TRANSITION.
Yes, even though many ministers today encounter some opposition, most enjoy preaching to captive audiences that reward us with “amens”, but many times the disciples were blessed to get out of town alive. There are still many today that endure persecution and hardship in some parts of the world, may God bless them.
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