Monday, July 1, 2013

What it is to be a Disciple (Audio)

Nobody can be a disciple on their own terms. When the decision is made to follow Jesus, we must do so knowing that we are not in a position to dictate to God what He will and will not accept from us.

Luke 9:57-62 takes a look at three men, two of whom voluntarily wished to follow Jesus, and another whom Jesus called. Each had something they were hanging on to. What interests me about this exchange however is that Jesus doesn't turn them away, but He does set them straight on what it means to be His follower.

To the first man, someone who in the Gospel of Matthew was described as a scribe, Jesus let him know that following Jesus was not about having a life of comfort, as some popular televangelists would love to have you believe. The second man, the one Jesus called, wanted to bury his father, but his attachment to his relationships, though they weren't bad, prevented him from following Jesus' call, and therefore it had to be made subject to God's call. The third man was indecisive and wanted to consult with his buddies about following Jesus. But Jesus told him that if his hand is put to the plow he can't afford to look back. 

Today's sermon emphasizes that we are all called to be Jesus' disciples if we are indeed Christian. My position as a pastor does not excuse or dismiss me from discipleship. And though it isn't easy for my wife and I to say goodbye, we must follow God's call as much as anyone else.

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