Luke 9

Luke 9 has Jesus sending the Twelve out to do ministry among the people.  He tells them “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart”. No preparation, no plan, just go and serve people.  Ministry is a pretty simple process for the Twelve – find the need and serve the people.  Jesus also made it clear that they shouldn’t waste time trying to convince people they need or want help.  “And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet  as a testimony against them”.

Jesus begins to prepare the Twelve for what is to come.  “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised”.  Notice the list of those who will reject Him – it isn’t the people – it is the religious leaders and those who are being impacted by His ministry.  Jesus is disrupting the status quo.  He’s messing with the economics of the day.  He is interfering with the power structure that was in place.  He has no regard for what has been, He only serves and loves the people.  That doesn’t sit well with those in power.  They will reject, punish and ultimately crucify Him.

Jesus talks with His disciples about what it means to be a Christ Follower.  “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself”?  Here is the crux of being a Christ Follower – it isn’t about me – it is completely about Jesus.  We have to come to the point of denying self as being in charge, and put Jesus in the driver’s seat of our life.  It’s about making Jesus Lord, not sharing a bit of time with Him.  Being a Christ Follower is a daily thing – 24X7X365 – and we need to realize it is a choice we have to make daily and actively.

The disciples didn’t get it.  They were arguing about the complete opposite.  “An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest”.  Jesus had just finished explaining that following Him was not about their life, but His.  Yet they want to be known as the greatest of the disciples.  Then Jesus makes another run at trying to make it clear. “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great”.  It’s not about me, or you.  It’s all about Jesus and our relationship with Him.  He must be Lord of our life, not merely Savior.  Are you walking with Him in that way?

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