Text: Luke 14 (Leviticus 25-26)
Jesus makes it clear that He is only interested in disciples (followers) who are fully committed. He is not looking for a “dating” relationship with us where we hang out and see if it is going to last. He demands our all, and our absolute surrender of all that is important to us.
“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33)
To make the decision to follow Jesus is not a trivial matter. Years ago I was at a youth rally where the speaker proclaimed the Gospel, but before he invited the young people to respond he described the cost. He told them that their old life would come to an end, and they would lose many things. He told them they would lose friends and approval, and that it would be painful. He told them they would be committing to a troubled and difficult life of sacrifice if they chose to really follow Jesus. And he described death on a cross and said that to live for Christ was to die to self – just like Jesus died. Then he said, “If there is anyone here willing to pay that price, I want you to stand up and shout as loud as you can, ‘I’ll take the cross.'” It was quiet for a few minutes, then one teen stood up and yelled. Then another. Then hundreds and hundreds. It gives me goose bumps just to remember the scene. Jesus is a wonderful savior, Lord and King. And in Him is freedom, grace, forgiveness and life without end. But to truly follow Him the cost is extraordinary. Are you in?
in Him, Mike