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Measure the Cost

“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20). What characterizes an objective wise man? It is simply a consistent life that originates at the foot of the cross. God’s desire is for us to possess I Corinthians 2:2 relationships: “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”

A personality rapport, with no life and potential bondage at every corner is the very best a subjective relationship can offer. What a complete deviation from true, Christ-like companionship. Peter outrightly rebukes our Lord, saying “God forbid, may it never happen that you should go to the cross” (2). This is a picture of our subjective counterpart. Our Lord discerned subjective thinking in Peter and immediately resisted him. “Get thee behind me Satan; thou art an offense unto me; for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men” (Matthew 16:23).

People who have entered into objective relationships have measured the cost of true discipleship and have met at the only neutral ground, the foot of the cross. They are the people who have found the riches of true fellowship.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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