With all our heart, NO!

Adam and Eve’s exile from paradise was not definitive. However, the return to the presence of the Lord God was conditional to actions that would show Adam and Eve’s sincere willingness to return.

It was man who chose to leave the presence of God out of his own free will. In order to return to his original place and once again enjoy the presence of the Most High, he had to prove this to Him with actions. Actions that would show that he wanted to return, not only with all his heart. But …”And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” Mark 12.30

All our heart, all our soul, all our understanding and all our strength, leaves no space for anyone or anything else.

“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10. 37-39

In other words:

The one who dedicates himself to his father or mother more than the Lord Jesus is not worthy of Him.

The one who is more attached to his son or daughter than the Lord Jesus is not worthy of Him.

The one who doesn’t live his faith and its consequent tribulations is not worthy of the Lord Jesus.

The one who tries to save his own life by the strength of his own arm will lose it.

However, those who lose their own life because of their faith and perseverance in the Lord Jesus, will gain it.

This verse complements the one before it; leaving no room for doubt. It’s all or nothing. Yes or no. It’s obvious that such a supernatural effort requires a lot more than a simple desire: it requires the sacrifice of one’s own life.

For those who want to remain in His presence, they have to live in daily sacrifice. Their life must be on the altar.

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