The Cost of Following

The Cost of Following

  • Luke 14
  • Pastor Garey Clark
  • Sunday 5 October 2014

Luke 14:25-35

  • 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.”

Background

  • 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?

  • Wallets
    • 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

  • Discomfit
    • At easy living
  • Anger
    • At injustice
  • Tears
    • At iniquity
  • Foolishness
    • To believe you can make a difference

… so that you can do what others say cannot be done.

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