The Cost of Following
- Luke 14
- Pastor Garey Clark
- Sunday 5 October 2014
- Large crowds were travelling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
- “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple.
- And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
- In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
- “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can ti be made salty again?
- It is fit neither for the soil not for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
- This passage is not about salvation.
- Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem to offer himself as a sacrifice for us.
- You can be saved, but you might not be a disciple, because of this passage.
- The people liked that He cared for them, they liked his message, up to this point.
- There are other passages about caring for your family, so this passage should be read in context.
- Jesus was saying to put him first, above others.
How will He affect us?
- Will we choose to live simply, so that others can simply live?
- Our Home Life
- Putting Him first, and die to self.
- Our work
- Working as if He were our boss.
- Say “yes” to ethics & “no” to gossip – you may lose some “friends”
Be blessed with
- At easy living
- At injustice
- At iniquity
- To believe you can make a difference
… so that you can do what others say cannot be done.