YOU GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO EAT, Ron Ward
THE COST OF FOLLOWING JESUS
Passage: Luke 9:57~62
Key verse: 62
1. Jesus had no place to lay his head (57-59)
As Jesus and his disciples walked along, a man told Jesus that he would follow him wherever he went. The man had desire to follow but he seems not to have understood the cost. Following Jesus requires giving up earthly comfort and earthly security. Even animals have shelter but Jesus did not have a place to lay his head. Disciples should not expect anything more.
2. Commitment to the kingdom of God (60-62)
Jesus then said to another man to follow him. The man first wanted to go and bury his father. God commands us to honor our father and mother. But the man used this as a cover not to immediately obey and make the kingdom his priority. Another man said that he would follow but after saying good-bye to his family. Jesus compared this to a person who puts his hand to the plow but then looks back. The plow will quickly go off course and could even break. Likewise, discipleship requires full commitment and no turning back.
Prayer: Lord, I repent of my desire for comfort and ease. Help me to be your fully committed disciple.
One Word: Follow Jesus and don't turn back