Luke 14:25-33 ... The Cost of Being a Disciple
Surrendering to Jesus is an “all or nothing” move. The Lord MUST be first in our lives. We must realize the importance of loyalty and allegiance to Jesus over all other competing loyalties, including family, friends, self-interest and possessions.
Through Grace, God reveals Himself to us. We are stimulated to learn more about His Word, we are guided by the Holy Spirit to accept Christ as our Savior. Before we start to build a new foundation and framework for the new structure, we discover that we have to go through a demolition phase and destroy many old habits, “old” ways of thinking, old traditions ... we can no longer conform to the ways of this world. This is very difficult and, as a result, many of us put the construction “on hold”. It takes a lot of demolition and new construction to be the person God wants us to be.As we go through life, we see the empty frameworks of new construction sites that had a lot of promise and we wonder if the owner will ever return to complete the work that was started by the Lord.
FACING THE ENEMY
Being “On the Fence” is not an option. Jesus says in Revelations, “Be hot or be cold because if you are lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth!”
Jesus wants to be first in your heart. He does not want you to pick and choose what you want to believe in. He wants you to constantly and consistently embrace His Word. He does not want you to negotiate or compromise what He says. Do not strive to always be “politically correct”.
Compromising Is NOT the best approach? We have to be that adamant about God’s direction in our life. We must pray to know when to speak out and when to hold back. We should not be driven by always being “politically correct”. Jesus says if we follow Him, we must be prepared and ready to defend Him.
When you start a new life in God’s Kingdom, you are immediately confronted by friends, family and society who think you are going too far in this “Christian thing”. Are you ready to confront this overwhelming opposition?
THE LIVING WORD OF GOD