44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. 45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: 46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
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To me, the use of the word "must" in the question runs counter to the point that Jesus was trying to make. Following Him in faith, and gaining eternal life in the process, is a goal that (like the hidden treasure in the field, or the pearl of great price in the next parable that Jesus told) so far dwarfs any possession, or material comfort, or personal happiness, that life in this fallen world can offer; or any opposition (that can be very real and have dire temporal consequences) that it can present; or any sacrifice (that may involve people, possessions, choices, or practices that are very important to the individual, including his or her own temporal life) that it may require Christians to make, that it should be the Christian's highest and totally WILLING (rather than compulsory) priority at all times, and especially at such times as when those obstacles (such as opposition, sacrifice, and loss of possessions) present themselves.
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