What All Christians Are Ultimately Called Upon to Do

Once upon a time I was in a ministry program. One book on our reading list was, Can You Drink The Cup? By, Henri J.M. Nouwen. The introduction of the book reads, “When Jesus asks his friends James and John the sons of Zebedee, “Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink he poses the question that goes right to the heart …”” In each instance Christ is asking us to give up our lives and surrender our lives for Him. Are you willing to take up His burdens, and if within His Will, die for Him?


By David Ettinger

The Ultimate Requirement
As a Christian, God expects you to order your life.

First, you should live in expectancy of Christ’s return as Jesus tells you to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). Second, you should treat all people with honor and dignity as Jesus instructs you to, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39).

Third, you are to pray to God daily as Jesus urges you to “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). And, of course, there are many more ways in which you are to order your life as a child of the King.

However, Jesus has one ultimate requirement for you: that you be willing to die for Him. Does this surprise you? It shouldn’t; it is clearly presented in Scripture. Why would…

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