Archive for February 2nd, 2008

Luke 14

Jesus gives us a very strong lesson as He closes out Luke 14.  The topic – EXCUSES.  The story goes that there was a dinner and the master invited people to attend.  When it came time, they had a bunch of excuses why they couldn’t be there.  Here is the list that is called out:

1.       I bought a piece of property and need to look it over

2.       I just bought five teams of oxen, and I really need to check them out

3.       I just got married and need to get home to my wife  

Are these valid excuses in your mind?  Number three seems a little logical to me, but I have used them all.  Bottom line is these folks thought they were too busy to be bothered with something else.  Focus was on SELF.  What are your excuses for failing to be at the table with the Master?  What do you come up with as reasons you can’t serve Him in ministry?  We all have a boatload of reasons we fall back on when we are trying to escape serving Him.  We all can justify saying we are too busy and don’t have time.  Jesus continues and gives his response.  Pay very close attention to what He says:

1.       Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go

2.       Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow  

Jesus creates two groups of people here that will get the same results.  He says if you refuse to let go or won’t should your own cross “you can’t be my disciple”.  Did you catch that.  YOU CAN’T – doesn’t say will struggle to attain, will slow the process, will be tough – you can’t be His disciple.  Things are at a pretty different level when we put them in that perspective.  For those like me who need it made even more clear, Jesus does it when he finished the chapter with: “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”.  We have to count the cost of being a Christ follower folks.  Jesus demands it all from us.  We have to put our relationship with Him and our commitment to Him at the top of the list.  He is not willing for anything less.  Don’t miss this – Jesus must be Lord of your life!

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