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3. BEING THE GOOD GROUND - Are You Like Matthew, Or The Rich Young Ruler?

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    The Call of Jesus
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    Welcome to this third video in the series
    called "The Call of Jesus".
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    In this lesson I talk about my new book
    and want to give you a taste of it,
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    give you some teaching, and so on.
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    I have the new book here.
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    It's the first time I got a copy myself.
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    Now we start to see the response.
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    We start to get response from people
    who have read the book
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    and how it changed their lives.
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    One of the responses I want to read here.
    One person wrote:
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    This is for every Christian.
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    That person wrote this on Amazon:
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    "Have you ever read your Bible
    and longed for more?
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    Longed to walk as Jesus did
    and see what Jesus saw?
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    What Torben writes in this book
    is the answer to what is missing
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    in what has become the "normal"
    Christian life.
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    I have ached in my soul for more,
    for as long as I can remember.
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    I will never be the same after
    reading this book!
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    This is the very simple gospel written
    in a way that everyone can understand.
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    This is a MUST read for EVERY Christian!"
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    These are beautiful words one person
    wrote on Amazon, and I want to say:
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    Have you longed for more?
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    Have you longed to live the life
    we read about in the Book of Acts?
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    Then I really believe that this book and this
    video series could be something for you.
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    I really encourage you to see
    the whole series
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    that will come out every second or third day
    and get the book if you can do that.
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    Until now we have looked at
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    how important it is not to build
    on our church culture.
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    We need to build on Christ
    and His word.
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    It's Christ first, and then mission,
    according to Him,
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    and then we end up with church.
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    Not church first, and then we put
    mission inside that church box,
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    so we forget Christ.
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    These are some of the things
    I talked about until now.
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    We also looked a little that the Bible says
    that we should obey Jesus,
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    as the first disciples did.
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    The truth is that our focus has changed.
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    Our way of doing church has changed.
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    But Jesus is forever the same.
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    It's really time that you and me take the time
    to stop doing what we are doing,
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    and then look at Jesus and
    what He has called to do.
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    Today we are going to look at the chapter
    called "Being The Good Ground".
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    I want to start with reading something
    from my book.
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    "Jesus' call to follow Him is for everyone,
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    but the sad truth is, not many are willing
    to take up the cross
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    and pay the price to follow Him.
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    To follow Jesus is a calling where you need
    to be willing to pay a high price.
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    This is something we do not often like
    to even talk about,
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    let alone do,
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    but those who are willing to pay the price..."
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    Yes, this is so true.
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    We don't like to talk about it.
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    We don't like to think about it,
    we don't like to talk about it.
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    We don't like to talk about that we need to
    pay a price to follow Jesus.
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    It costs everything to follow Jesus.
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    And it's something we need to talk about.
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    You need to be aware of it
    and be willing to pay the price.
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    Otherwise you will not be able
    to do what Jesus has called you to do.
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    When we talk about Jesus' call,
    I want to say, again,
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    that this is for everyone.
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    His call is for all of us.
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    If you are old, if you are young,
    if you are a man, if you are a woman.
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    Jesus has called you.
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    But, as we looked at before,
    the truth is, everyone is called, but...
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    It's only a few who are, actually,
    willing to take up the cross
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    and pay the price to follow Him.
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    If we take and look at the Bible,
    there are two people in the Bible,
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    you can see very clear,
    that Jesus called.
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    There were many people, but there
    were two people I want to talk about.
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    One person Jesus called was Matthew.
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    He was a tax collector.
    You can read about that in Matthew 9.
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    Jesus walked and He saw him and
    He called him, and right away Matthew
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    left everything behind
    and followed Jesus.
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    And Jesus used him mighty.
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    Jesus really used Matthew
    in an amazing way.
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    He was even the one who wrote
    one of the gospels.
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    Matthew was used by God.
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    Why? Jesus called him and he was willing
    and he said "yes" to Jesus' call.
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    But, in Matthew 19 you read about
    another man,
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    the rich young ruler.
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    Jesus also called him
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    with the same call
    as He called Matthew.
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    Come and follow me.
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    But the rich young ruler
    was not willing to pay the price
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    and he ended up going away
    very sad.
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    And we don't hear more about him.
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    So, here we have two people in the Bible.
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    We have Matthew
    and we have the rich young ruler.
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    Both of them were called.
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    But only one of them was willing to leave
    everything behind and follow Jesus.
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    And that person experienced
    an amazing life with Jesus.
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    That person experienced so many things.
    God used him mighty...
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    and the other person left sad.
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    And we don't hear more about him.
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    Who of those two are you?
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    Who are you?
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    Because the call Jesus has given
    was the same,
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    but the response was different.
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    This is what you have to understand,
    if we look at the call of Jesus,
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    I'm going to go through this video series
    and in my book,
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    that that call to follow Jesus
    is the same for all of us.
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    But the response people give
    is different from person to person.
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    And you need to choose
    before we move on
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    and look at what it is Jesus is saying.
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    You need to choose who you are.
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    If you are like Matthew
    or if you are like rich, young ruler.
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    Another place where it also becomes
    clear is in Mark 4.
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    In Mark 4 we read the parable
    about the sower.
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    And in this parable we see that there was
    a farmer who went out to sow his seed.
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    The seed is the Word of God.
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    Or, let's say it like this,
    the seed is the call of Jesus,
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    the call Jesus has given.
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    But the call falls in four different grounds
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    and gives four different results.
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    The first ground we read about is the ground
    where the seed fell on the side of the road.
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    And birds came right away and devoured it.
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    They are those people who hear the word,
    but it does not go down in their hearts,
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    so Satan comes right away and steals
    what was sowed in the heart.
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    I don't know if this is you.
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    Maybe you will read my book,
    maybe you'll see this video series,
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    and maybe you will look at
    what Jesus is saying to you,
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    but it will just goes in one ear
    and out the other.
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    One day you will stand in front of Him
    and you have not been faithful.
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    You have not received Him.
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    That is the truth.
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    The second ground we read about
    in Mark 4
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    is when seed fell on the stony ground
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    and there is not a lot of moist earth,
    so it comes up quickly,
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    but then the sun comes and scorch it,
    so it veins and dies.
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    There Jesus said that these are those
    people who hear the word and receive it,
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    but then when persecution comes in,
    they fall away.
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    They fall away because the word
    did not go deep enough in their hearts.
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    So, when persecution comes
    they fall away,
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    because they are not truly willing
    to pay the price to follow Jesus.
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    I don't know if that is you.
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    Many people will listen to the call
    of Jesus and His words,
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    and they say: Jesus, I want to follow You.
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    I want to obey You, Jesus.
    Jesus, I want to obey You.
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    But you know, as soon as you start
    to obey Christ, His words,
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    you will experience persecution.
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    You know, you can be in church
    your whole life
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    without experiencing persecution.
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    But I promise you, in that moment
    you start to heal the sick,
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    cast out demons, and especially
    lead people to Christ...
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    Satan hates it, you will have an enemy,
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    and you will experience
    great, great persecution.
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    And what happens?
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    Many people fall away
    when that happens.
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    So, before you look at the call
    Jesus has given you
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    and before you really move on,
    you need to stop up and say to yourself:
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    What ground am I?
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    Am I ground number two?
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    Will I just fall away and give up
    as soon as it becomes hard?
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    Or, will I keep going no matter what?
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    It's your choice.
    It's your decision.
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    The third ground Jesus is talking about
    in Mark 4:7,
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    where He says that seed fell
    among thorns
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    and thorns grew up together
    with the seed and quenched it,
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    so it did not bear the fruit.
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    The third ground Jesus is talking about here
    is the thing that is growing up around us,
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    and that is the worries of this world,
    the deceitfulness of riches
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    and the longing for other things.
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    Many people hear the Word of God,
    hear the call Jesus has given,
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    but are like the rich young ruler.
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    They hear the word and say:
    Jesus, I want to follow You.
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    But what happens?
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    There are so many things around them,
    like the deceitfulness of riches,
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    the worries and longing for other things,
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    and all of those things come and end up
    stealing that call.
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    They are like the rich young ruler
    who said: Jesus, I want to follow You.
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    Or say: Jesus, what can I do to inherit
    the eternal life?
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    And then he left sad.
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    But thankfully, there are also those people
    who are the forth ground,
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    the good ground, who bear a lot of fruit.
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    And those people do not only bear
    a little fruit, but a lot of fruit.
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    We are talking about 30, 60 or 100 fold.
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    I will ask you: Who are you?
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    Are you Matthew
    or are you the rich, young ruler?
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    Who are you of those two?
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    What ground are you, of those four?
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    Are you ground number one,
    who just hears the call of Jesus,
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    but never response to it?
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    Are you ground number two
    who said: Jesus, I want to follow You?
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    But then persecution sets in
    and you fall away right away
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    because you are not willing
    to pay the price.
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    Or, are you like ground number three:
    Jesus, I want to follow You.
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    I want to follow You.
    I want to be good ground,
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    but you also wants so many other things
    in your life.
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    And you are deceived by the deceitfulness
    of riches and all other things around you.
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    And therefore you don't bear fruit.
    Or worries.
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    Or are you the good ground
    who bears a lot of fruit?
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    What we need to understand, it's not something
    we talk a lot about in the church,
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    but we need to really understand
    that it's your choice.
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    It's not my choice.
    My life - my choice.
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    Your life - your choice.
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    You need to choose what ground
    you want to be.
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    And right now we are living in a time
    where the world is getting crazy.
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    Everything is shaking.
    The virus, economy, our freedom.
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    But that is, actually, not bad
    for the church.
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    That is, actually, good.
    Why?
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    Because the time like this reveals
    what ground we are.
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    A time like this reveals
    what is inside of a person.
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    If we look at the church today,
    and just be honest,
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    most people in the church today
    are ground two and three,
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    but they don't see they are two and three
    before...
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    persecution really sets in,
    and before the economy being shaken,
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    and fears and worries come,
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    and then it reveals what ground they are.
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    It reveals that many of those people
    have not really been willing to suffer
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    and pay the price it costs to follow Jesus.
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    So, as soon as persecution comes,
    they start to compromise,
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    and for the sake of peace,
    or, as soon as persecution comes,
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    they start to deny Christ.
    It ends up, actually, denying Christ.
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    No, no, no, no.
    We don't need to obey Him like that.
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    Or, as soon as the economy being shaken,
    like they are ground number three,
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    they say: Yes, Jesus, I want to follow You.
    But then it costs everything to follow Him,
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    and worries and longing for other things,
    and it reveals who they are.
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    That they are not that good ground.
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    Where are you?
    Who are you?
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    I really believe and hope that...
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    the book "The Call of Jesus"
    and this video series can help you.
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    I really believe, when we look at Luke 10,
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    that it will give you revelation
    what it is Jesus has called you to.
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    But, it's only those who take His words,
    and are willing, and obey it,
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    who will bear a lot of fruit.
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    So, some of you, sad to say,
    some of you will hear this teaching,
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    some of you will hear what Jesus
    has said
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    and it will go in one ear and out the other.
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    Some of you will fall away.
    Some of you do other things.
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    So please stop and decide,
    check yourself and decide -
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    I want to obey Jesus no matter what.
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    I want to be His disciple.
    I want to be like Matthew.
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    I want to be willing to take up my cross.
    I want to follow Him not matter what.
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    And if you say like that,
    if you think like that,
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    if you are willing, you will, like Matthew,
    experience an amazing life,
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    where God will use you, and you will be able
    to change many people's lives,
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    and you will stand in front of Jesus
    as a good and faithful servant one day,
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    who has been faithful in small things.
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    But if not, Jesus will ask you:
    Why do you call me: Lord! Lord!
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    If you don't do what I say?
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    Why do you call me: Lord! Lord!
    If you do not do what I say?
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    What we need to understand also is that
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    a disciple is really somebody who needs to deny
    himself and take up the cross and follow Him.
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    Jesus said that the one who holds on his life
    is going to lose it,
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    but the one who lays his life down for
    my sake is going to win it.
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    So, it's amazing time we are living in.
    I'm very excited.
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    Yes, we have been shaken,
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    but it's time to stop up,
    it's time to examine ourselves,
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    it's time to see where we are.
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    Are we like Matthew,
    or are we like the rich, young ruler?
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    It's time to see what ground we are.
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    Are we ground one, two, three or four?
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    Are we the good ground
    who bears a lot of fruit?
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    I will end up saying that...
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    when we, a year and a half ago left Denmark,
    because of persecution,
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    God spoke to us and said:
    Torben, the church is not ready.
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    You need to help the church.
    The church is not ready.
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    And I knew that persecution will come
    and it will be a hard time for the church,
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    but I did not know it will go so fast.
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    I did not know that the shaking
    will come so fast.
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    At the same time, with everything, like
    you are shocked what is happening
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    in the world today, I'm excited
    what is happening in the world today.
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    Why? Because Jesus is building His church.
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    Jesus is building His church.
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    Jesus is calling people back to Him
    and His word.
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    So, I hope you will follow in this teaching,
    when I move on in the next lesson,
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    where we are going to go deeper into
    Luke 10.
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    I hope if you haven't done it,
    get my book, read it.
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    You can get it for free,
    if you write to TheLastReformation.com,
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    if you don't have the money to buy it
    on Amazon.
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    And let's take this journey together,
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    where we together, step by step,
    by step, by step,
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    go into what it is Jesus is saying,
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    and we are willing to pay the price
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    and willing to take up the cross
    and willing to obey Him,
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    and we do this together,
    and then together
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    we are going to see amazing fruit,
    like we read in the Book of Acts.
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    God bless you!
    See you next time! Bye-bye!
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    The Call of Jesus
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3. BEING THE GOOD GROUND - Are You Like Matthew, Or The Rich Young Ruler?
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