Are You Willing to Drink From the Cup?

IMGBut Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:
Mark 10:38-39 (KJV)

I remember an incident back in the 80s involving my Mom. A woman at church came up to her saying she had a word from the Lord for her. Even back then she was leery of people who did that, not because God doesn't give people a word of knowledge for another person, but because so many try to fake it.

Anyway, my Mom politely asked this woman to go ahead with her word from God. The woman looked earnestly at my mother and said "Are you willing to drink from the cup?" Her reaction was to immediately burst into tears.

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Revelation 14:9-10 (KJV)

Drinking from the cup is a biblical allegory layered with meaning. For God's enemies drinking from the cup is to experience His wrath. Those who drink of His wrath have no choice in the matter. But this allegory is also used to describe Jesus' sacrifice for us on the cross.

He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
Matthew 26:42 (KJV)

For God's servants to drink from the cup is to suffer in this life so that His will may be accomplished through us, just like it was through Christ. Nobody wants to drink from the cup, even Jesus told the Father he'd rather not if there is another way. Yes, my Mom was indeed willing, and she did drink from the cup of suffering in this life. Are you willing to drink from the cup?

This idea of Christians suffering goes one hundred and eighty degrees opposite the present day Laodicean church that teaches God has happiness and riches for them in this life. But the testimonies of Job and Lazarus the beggar rise up to condemn them. The disciples had nothing but the clothes on their backs but today supposed 'men of God' command large houses, big salaries and even private jets!

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)

Scripture in fact implores us not to store up treasures for ourselves in this life, but the next. Where are your treasures stored? As Christians Satan has bogged down most of us with the pleasures of this life. It is a constant struggle all of us must endure on a daIly basis. But some of us are unwilling to do so.

Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
Mark 10:21-23 (KJV)

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mark 8:34 (KJV)

Perhaps the most damning truth about the current state of Christianity is that it is permeated with those who want to follow Christ without taking up their crosses. What if taking up your cross and drinking from the cup means losing everything you have in this life? Years ago, I made certain vows to God without realizing the seriousness of the words coming out of my mouth.  I wrote about it in detail in the article "What Price Salvation?"

Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
1 Corinthians 10:21 (KJV)

In the case of the man Christ ministered to, instead of salvation he chose to continue pursuing riches. What drinking from the cup means for each of us is unique, but there are some universal truths. As Christians our duty is to extricate ourselves from this world and the cares of this life. We cannot mix the two worlds.

And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
Luke 8:14 (KJV)

The parable of the sower makes it plain that the cares, riches and pleasures of this life can cause us to not bring forth any good fruit. And be reminded that Christ Himself told us that the tree which produces no good fruit is cast into the fire (Matthew 7:19 KJV). That is Hell folks. Eternal security is a lie.

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