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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.

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Being Sold Out for Jesus – What is the Cost?

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.

I was watching the news recently and observed the mudslides in California.  People had built their homes on the sides of hills – without firm foundations – and some of their homes were being washed away in the storms.  I’ve seen the same thing for people who build them homes on sandbars in Florida or in the Mississippi Delta.  Storms rear up and at times they 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 – many 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 this weekend (or the Jets or Patriots – are there teams still playing in the other conference?).  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 be serious.

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