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One of the reasons the leadership of the contemporary Western Church is teetering on the brink of biblical failure is that many of our pastors and leaders have not taken upon themselves the costly mantle of Jesus’ discipleship requirements (Luke 14), nor have they taught them. Let’s ask Him to change that, to transform our hearts so that we will be men and women who are willing to give up everything in order to be His disciples. He will answer that prayer because He greatly desires disciples. He told us to go out and make them. But He will not compromise His standards to boost His numbers. He will not compromise them because He knows that the only way to our fulfillment and His glory is total obedience to His life-denying requirements—to Him.

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