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The Cost of Following Jesus

Matthew 7:24-25

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

82015 RayHave you ever seen news reports about people caught in mudslides?  Some people – having built their homes on the side of hills – without firm foundations – can have their homes washed away in storms.  I’ve seen devastation like this for people who build their homes on sandbars in Florida or in the Mississippi Delta.  Storms rear up and at times – home are washed away.  I’m sure many of these home owners thought they had taken every precaution.

Many of us think we are taking every precaution in our faith journey.  We try to do good on every occasion – or at least often.  We try to attend worship – most Sundays – or at least more often than some.  We strive to walk by the Ten Commandments – when they don’t get in the way of our enjoyment of life.

The truth be told – some of us are playing at being Christians – we want the benefit of being a child of God – namely NO HELL – but we aren’t sold out for Jesus.  We’re sold out for the Ravens or the Steelers (or the Jets or Patriots or Redskins).  We’re sold out for our favorite baseball team.  We’re even sold out for work – home – family – hobbies – and more.  But being sold out for Jesus – well – let’s get serious.

Luke 14:25-27 – 25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters — yes, even his own life — he cannot be my disciple. 27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”

I mean – really – “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters – yes, even his own life – he cannot be my disciple.”  Who can be that sold out for Jesus?  I mean – He demands too much – right?

Jesus is the Rock that we should be building our faith upon – being sold out for Jesus is not optional if we are to be a Christian.  We are to be on fire for Him and ready to deny self and follow Him.  As we mentioned in a recent sermon – we are to love Jesus so much – and so much more than other people or things that we love – that the comparison is like love and hate.  We are to love Jesus that much!!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

November 10, 2015 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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