Friday, April 22, 2011

Discipleship


Matthew 8: 18-22

Story & Lessons

Before Jesus crossed the Sea of Galilee, two men came to Him and both were challenged concerning discipleship.

One appeared to be eager to follow Him, the other hesitant.

The first man, a scribe, had been moved by His teaching and His miracles; he wanted to follow Him.

How does Jesus deal with this man who was enthusiastic to follow Him?

The Lord Jesus cautioned him and told him that discipleship demands sacrifice.

— "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head" (20).

It is very easy to say to Jesus, "I will follow you wherever you go." (19)

But the way of Christ involves hardship and self-denial.

We are not told how the scribe responded to this challenge.

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The next man is described as 'another of his disciples'.

He had begun to follow Jesus, but he wanted to wait until his father died before giving himself to Christ in full commitment.

Jesus would not allow his excuse and demanded that he follow Him there and then.

Reflection...

The Lord Jesus never gave the impression that the Christian life is easy and He encourages us to count the cost of discipleship before following Him.

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The devil is not too concerned about your good intentions but he will try to make things uncomfortable for you when you really begin to put God first in your life!

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How about you?

Is any person or anything coming between you and the Lord?

Are you following Christ and enjoying His peace in your life?

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If you are putting off your commitment to follow Him, do not delay any longer!

Now is the day of salvation.

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