Presentation on theme: "Are You Devoted In Your Discipleship? Though we claim to be devoted to Christ, do our actions support such a claim?"— Presentation transcript:
Are You Devoted In Your Discipleship? Though we claim to be devoted to Christ, do our actions support such a claim?
Introduction Luke 14:25-35 While Jesus speaks to the many, the discipleship He speaks of is individual. Each person must determine for themselves what their true priorities are. Claiming to be a disciple does not make you one.
Devoted Disciples Have A Priority The cost is enormous concerning relationships. V.26 Some have approached these words with an unintended application. Men have left their families in order to “serve God” in a monastery or a ministry. Such is contradictory to Bible’s instructions to love family (Ephesians 5-6)
Devoted Disciples Have A Priority The “hate” He mentions is in comparison to our love for Him. He uses hyperbole to show the contrast. The point is that we must love Him more than ANY other relationship. Place your priority! Matthew 6:33 John 6:27
Devoted Disciples Have A Priority In order to be a true and devoted disciple of Christ, you must love Him first, last, & always. Everyone who comes to Him must understand it. Married couples / Children / Bros & sis all must recognize that their relationship to one another will ALWAYS be 2nd to Jesus. It is not forced, it must be chosen - “even his own life”
Devoted Disciples Have A Priority Colossians 3:1-3 Devoted discipleship is to resolve to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, & strength It is to have a “martyr’s spirit” - A willingness to lay our very selves down for Him, if need be. Revelation 2:10
Devoted Disciples Have A Cross To Carry Misguided thinkers imagine any inconvenience to be “my cross to bear.” Some think they’re bearing a cross when they carry no real devotion to true discipleship. It is a cross because of discipleship and is related exactly to being a real follower of Jesus. The cross was not only a symbol of brute torture, it was also a powerful symbol of self-denial, humility, and shame.
Devoted Disciples Have A Cross To Carry Hence, our “cross” is the same as one another’s, and the same as Jesus’ Hebrews 12:2-3; Philippians 2:8; 2 Timothy 3:12 In assuming this cross, Jesus warns that there is a price to pay, a cost to consider - vv 28-32 The scenario about the unfinished building is a sober reminder of the commitment it takes to become - and remain - Jesus’ disciple. (also Luke 14:34-35)
Devoted Disciples Have A Cross To Carry It is bad enough to never start, it is worse to start and never finish. Matthew 13:20-21; 2 Peter 2:20-22 The 2nd illustration may be looked at from 2 perspectives. 1st, consider when one becomes a disciple, Satan declares war on him (1 Peter 5:8). Our own strength is inadequate to fend off his attacks so we must have superior help (Ephesians 6:10-ff).
Devoted Disciples Have A Cross To Carry 2nd, we could look at God as the superior King with the greater resources. In our realization that we cannot win against such a formidable One, it is to our benefit to seek peace on His terms. Peace is preferable to war and fellowship with God is certainly preferable to enmity with Him! Either way, discipleship brings difficulty and requires resolve and endurance.
Devoted Disciples Have A Decision To Make Vs 33 Too often we look at life as a smorgasbord in which we can fill up on – We think we can have it all! The danger is that filling up on the wrong things can choke out the good. Choose the good! Matthew 13:22; Luke 8:14
Devoted Disciples Have A Decision To Make Jesus’ admonition to “give up all your possessions” is a call to reevaluate your value system. What do you really want to keep? Luke 9:24-25; Hebrews 10:34-35 Truly all that glitters is not gold! Devotion must surpass everything!
Conclusion Devoted Discipleship not only considers what is to be forsaken but most importantly, what is to be gained. Sin may be pleasurable for a little while but it fails to fully satisfy. What does satisfy are the resources God provides through life in His Son. Devoted disciples have placed their priority, picked up their cross, and made their decision! Are you devoted to Christ?