Right now, the only way that I would go to such radical lengths for Jesus, so as to give up a secure job, all my money, and all relationships (if that
were necessary), was if an angel came down from heaven and spoke words into my ear.
...Or if the apocalypse began in a very big and undeniable way.
Before one jumps into the deep-end of the pool, one should know how to swim. Otherwise.......gulp.
Giving up all your money is one of the most advanced, most difficult lessons of them all.
If I happen to have the desire, the internal spark, the energy and the will-power to move myself to the spiritual path, I would certainly be
practising the basic lessons until I have nearly mastered the basics, before attempting the most advanced lessons.
Actually I might dabble with the advanced techniques while working intently on the basic + intermediate lessons.
IF I struggle with the basic and intermediate lessons, what chance do I have with the advanced lessons?
Another example of an advanced lesson would be to offer a 24+ hour fast....But if I get tested and it reveals in the meantime that I strike out at
others with a sharpened tongue, the fruits of the fast become rot that is not acceptable to Heaven. I should have invested all my energy in first
overcoming the impatience and anger before offering the fast.
From reading through your other ATS posts OP, I fear if God doesn't follow through with your expectations and bring calamity you may become stressed
out + isolated in a strange land, exactly like Jonah:
Jonah 3:10 - "God...relented and did NOT bring on them the destruction he had threatened."
Jonah 4:1-11 - " But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still
at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding
in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.”
But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?”
Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to
the city. Then the Lord God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was
very happy about the plant. But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. When the sun rose, God provided
a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die
than to live.”
But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”
“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”
But the Lord said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight.
And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their
right hand from their left—and also many animals?”
-(I would never email information about coincidences if I suspected the possibility of a similar radical outcome by any) (not saying that it is
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