Luke and The Lost
What would it have been like to physically walk along the road behind or beside Jesus? Imagine it. You are there because there is something about Him that draws you to follow Him. You don’t want to miss a word of what He is saying. You wonder what He will say next. You lean in to make sure it is Jesus who is talking. You hang on every word and take it in like a starved child.
Sometimes Jesus says things you don’t understand completely, so you ask questions for clarity. He is more than willing to explain and He does it with stories that give examples of how to live life here on earth. He looks right into your eyes and talks to your heart, mind and soul, as if you are the only one standing there. But you are not, there is a crowd around you walking along with Jesus, too. Many want to hear Jesus and follow Him.
So, Jesus takes this opportunity, in the middle of walking along the road, to tell the crowd of individuals what it will mean to forever follow Him. He gives another story example to get the point across. “Are you listening?”, Jesus says…”Really listening?”
Luke 14, The Message
Figure the Cost
25-27 One day when large groups of people were walking along with him, Jesus turned and told them, “Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple. Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple.
28-30 “Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’
31-32 “Or can you imagine a king going into battle against another king without first deciding whether it is possible with his ten thousand troops to face the twenty thousand troops of the other? And if he decides he can’t, won’t he send an emissary and work out a truce?
33 “Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.
34 “Salt is excellent. But if the salt goes flat, it’s useless, good for nothing.
“Are you listening to this? Really listening?”
Going deeper…Counting the cost…
–We must be okay when our own parents, brothers, sisters, cousins make fun of us or even disown us because of our faith in Jesus.
–We have to be willing to not only take it but let go of them and keep following Jesus.
–Count the cost realistically knowing that what we hold dearest to our hearts we must let go and place in His Hands.
–How tasty is our faith? Are we salty follower who point people to Jesus?
–Are we walking along the road of this life, hanging on to every word of Jesus?
–Are we really listening? This is serious. Jesus is serious. We are either following Him completely….or not.
–God is our strength when we fully rely on Him.
“The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”
2 Chronicles 16:9
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your salvation through Jesus. Thank you for teaching us how to live life. Talk with us as we walk along this road with You today. We are listening.
In Jesus Name, Amen