Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “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. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ 31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. 34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Jesus says three times that if you can’t accept what I’m saying then you can’t be my disciple.
If he is not Lord of all, then he is not lord at all.
Jesus is asking three questions:
- Who do you love the most?
- What are you building in your life?
- Who’s side are you fighting on?
Jesus challenges us with love and incredible grace.
1. Loyal Love
Jesus wants my loyalty to him to be bigger than to anyone else.
Jesus is our brother, friend, leader, saviour.
We obey our boss at work because we want to keep our job. Would we die for our boss? No!
It’s about our relationship to Jesus.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
It’s a relational priority. Who is your number one relationship? Biblically we are in a relationship with Jesus. He wants to be real to us! A lot of us we are just in love with ourselves.
Do I get who is calling us and what he is calling us to?
Do I still love Jesus wholeheartedly?
2. Construction Cost
We are called to build our life through Jesus.
We have a lot of choices and freedom. That’s wonderful but also challenging. Jesus says that it’s worse to start and stop halfway through than to not even start in the first place. A half-finished Christian life is a more shocking spectacle than one not even started.
2 Peter 2:20-22
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. 22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”
It’s an insult to the name of God if we quit on him halfway through. It’s great what we have done in the past in the name of Jesus. However, what about today?
3. Will War
Discipleship is a battle of the will. Will I surrender my will to Jesus who is much more powerful than me? If I don’t surrender my life to the Lord of lords and King of kings then I’m full of sin. A life in sin is no life, it’s walking in death.
If I realise what Jesus has to offer compared to the world, I will not hesitate to sign up on the spot!
Discipleship is not a one-time decision. It requires my decision every single day!
Today is the time to make our decision!
If I’m surrendered to Jesus, then I will be able to experience his irresistible love.
In Christ, loss equals gain!
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel 30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields–along with persecutions–and in the age to come eternal life.
Whatever I truly give to Jesus will be multiplied and well worth the sacrifice!
Discipleship keeps us salty. Am I still willing to make difficult but right decisions?
Through Jesus, we give up what we cannot gain in order to gain what we can not lose.
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