Lent 2016

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The Cost of Being A Disciple (Luke 14:25-34)

Jesus explains that the cost of being a disciple is putting Him first. Christ alone, Cornerstone, Lord of All. They must give up family, pride, self, creature comforts, their own individual goals, and live a life sanctified to Him. The priority schedule of a disciple: Christ first, everything else second.

Jesus tells the disciples that they must be willing to carry heavy burdens, burdens that they did nothing to deserve but that they receive because of persecution. Jesus illustrates the commitment to finishing that the disciples must have with a parable of building a tower. You wouldn’t build a tower without first calculating the cost. The disciples are building up the Christian church, Jesus is the Tower, and the cost to the disciples is everything.

As Christ’s disciples we entered that same war that the disciples encountered: spiritual warfare, religious persecution, and a life that rejects a worldly hierarchy of priorities for a Christ-first approach.

Christ’s disciples are the salt of the earth. We’ve all heard that verse before- but when we meditate on it we realize the role that salt plays. Salt seasons, preserves, heals, irritates, penetrates, and causes thirst. The life that we live as a Christian embodies those same characteristics. We are the salt- stay salty, this is a thirsty world. Lead people, through your words and actions, to Jesus, the true Thirst Quencher.

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?  It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” (Luke 14:34-35)

Tomorrow we’ll read through Luke 15, lost sheep, coins, and love will be found again- the Healer, the Restorer, the concept of being complete in Him. In preparation for Luke 15 think about this verse: “The LORD says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.” (Joel 2:25).

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