Please delete my photo

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The young man wanted his baptism photo deleted from the Facebook page as his friends had picked up on it and were posting negative comments. Of course, according to his request, I took it down. I understand the young man’s sentiments. But I remembered Jesus’ words. 

For whoever is ashamed of me and my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the father and of the holy angels (Luke 9:26).

Jesus was making a clear distinction between those who follow him only for the perks (healing, miracles, food, and other benefits) and those who become his disciples. This may sound a bit harsh. Why does Jesus have to make such a distinction? 

He was loving and generous. He helped a countless number of people. But if you want to enter heaven, if you want to be a part of the kingdom, you’ve got to deny yourself and be ready to follow Jesus even if you have to give up life itself. 

Please don’t delete my photo!

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