I love God. I love him with all my heart. He saved me and made me a new creation. He gave me the new heart I love him with. I love him with all my soul. I do everything I can to take every thought captive and submit my mind, will and emotions to his…
The title in my Bible above Luke 9:57-62 reads, “The Cost of Following Jesus.”
And fair enough, there are things you’ll want to give up in order to walk closer to him.
It’s like saying to my son,
“If you want the latest phone, you’re going to have to give up that old thing that loses its charge and has a cracked screen. That lovely old familiar phone with which you have created so many memories, connected with so many people. You’re going to have to send it away and never see it again. Son, that’s the cost. Are you sure you want the new phone?”
If you have a vision at all, people you are leading will rarely see as far ahead or as clearly as you do. If you find someone like that, promote them.
If you thought you could earn salvation with better prayers, more church-going, good deeds, bible study, you’re doing everything Jesus died to set you free from.
You can’t fully follow Jesus unless you are willing to daily nail all self-interest to the cross.
I love being around crowds. I love cities and crowded restaurants. I love mingling with people after church on Sundays. But all of that exhausts me. Am I an introvert or extrovert? I’ve heard it said that the extrovert is energised by being around people where the introvert is energised by being alone. As much…
Any of us who have staff and volunteers would do well to discover this pattern.
Not only had Jesus removed the disciples’ staff, bag, bread and money; he wants to leave them with nothing but the shirts on their backs.
Bread is a staple part of most people’s diet. But Jesus, the bread of life, wants to be are mainstay.
A bag on a journey has two uses:
To take provisions and essential items
To carry things you acquire on the way
And Jesus tells us not to bring a bag on our mission to share his Kingdom.
For the disciples, letting go of the staff must have felt vulnerable. Like the difference between riding a bicycle and a unicycle.
Cancel your breakdown cover and throw the spare tyre out. Leave the spare keys at home and don’t take any money for the services on the way. And no bank cards.