(Proverbs 9:6 KJV) Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.
Recently I heard a preacher comment on how people are willing to love Jesus, they just don’t want to serve Him. It doesn’t work that way. It never has. Here we see the part of the formula that keeps so many people out of the kingdom of God. In order to belong to Jesus we must give up our old way of life. We sold a car last month. When we took the man’s money we signed a paper saying that the car was his. We had to “forsake” (5800a) any claim that we had before he would give us the money. It was part of the deal. I can’t be showing up in the middle of the night because I need a ride.
It is the same way with serving God. We have a new title of ownership. In California we called it a “pink slip”. You might remember the old line from a Beach Boys song, “And one more thing, I got the pink slip, baby”. God demands exclusive ownership.
So? Are you still trying to lease salvation? Then it doesn’t belong to you yet. If you want life you must give up the ways of the “foolish” (folly NASB) (6612a).