Jer. 17:9 π Lk. 9:57-58 π Lk. 9:59-60 π Lk. 9:61-62 π Jn. 13:37
In the Lord’s shaping of a disciple, He doesn’t use any natural talents. He wants a supernatural product, because the finished product will never generate its own power or program. A natural devotion to Jesus will always deny Jesus sooner or later. Peter found this as the answer to his question in Jn. 13:37 : “…Why cannot I follow You now?” (top) Whenever we meet a person who thinks only of God and His will, pay no attention to any other qualities he may lack.
A candidate to follow Jesus (in Lk. 9:57-58 ) said he would follow Jesus wherever He went. However, the Lord knew what was in His heart, and discouraged him completely by letting him know that the Lord had no material wealth, nor even a place to lay His head. (top)
The Lord knows how to answer, and often the answer offends and hurts our spirit. However, the end result will bring us to a place of death, where nothing can offend or hurt us.
Another candidate answered the Lord’s command to “follow Me” by putting family loyalty ahead of serving God. Jesus’ answer was profoundly explicit and precise, proposing either to go the way of life or go the way of death. ( Lk. 9:59-60 ) Jesus’ answer was not based on human wisdom, but He saw by divine insight and understanding a misplaced loyalty. ( Jer. 17:9; top )
Yet another candidate wanted to follow Jesus, but he procrastinated by desiring to bid his family farewell first. Jesus saw the indecisive conflict in the man’s spirit. ( Lk. 9:61-62; top ) If there is any conflict of interest in our spiritual walk between our ministry, our fellowship group, or our denomination and following Jesus, repent and respond immediately to Jesus; and follow Him, regardless of the cost.
If we agree to follow Jesus, regardless of the cost, the Lord institutes a program of amalgamating all our conscious, spiritual, emotional and physical life and even the deep inner areas of our life, into complete harmony with His Spirit. Anything less will never please God, nor will anything less ever fulfill the great commission. In every Christian’s life there comes a time of making a choice or taking second best, which eventually leavens the whole person.
We don’t want to be identified with those that have chosen to help the dead bury the dead.
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