All In

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If you really have thought about it you will no doubt have appreciated the fact that there is significant sacrifice at the center of your walk with Jesus. Why?  Because living the gospel means spreading the good news even when it requires us to step far outside our comfort zone.  We have to be ready to love in the most sacrificial ways when we encounter those in need.  In short, we must imitate the Lord’s sacrificial love.

As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding
on their journey, someone said to him,
“I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him,
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
And to another he said, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.”

We can’t be halfhearted disciples, doing good works part time.  We have give ourselves away in love constantly.  Jesus wants us to be all in, following him every day in every situation..

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2 Responses to All In

  1. Lee Surkin says:

    We want to be ‘spiritual’ and we want to have God’s favor, but we’re not sure we want Him taking control of our lives and messing with the image and outcomes we’ve worked so hard to produce.” The truth is that this less than full commitment to Jesus Christ is nothing new.
    The text reveals three offers being made in regard to following Jesus. Two were made by individuals and one was made by Jesus. Each one of them had noticeable conditions attached to them. Jesus’ response to each of the individuals reflects the idea that true commitment requires great sacrifice. As we study this passage our goal to reflect on, is to answer the question, “Is 99.9% good enough?”

  2. Nancy Novicki says:

    Excuse my ignorance but what does total commitment look like?
    Is it perfection because only God is perfection? I get confused!

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