Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23 NLT)
Are you IN? ALL-IN? Are you a “fan” or a “follower”?
Three questions that have to be answered:
1. Why are you here?
In Jesus’s early ministry he saw many folks following him around and so he analyzed the situation and saw..
- people were seeing the miracles
- Folks were getting healed
- Jesus had fans that wanted to see a good show
Jesus then began teaching the strongest sermon about sacrifice and giving and the people began leaving.
Many of us want something FROM Jesus..but we don’t want JESUS.
At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. (John 6:66 NLT)
So, now we ask ourselves, “Why am I here?”
2. Are you ALL-IN?
It seems like we all have something we hold onto.
We don’t mind giving up 75% of ourselves but we want to hold onto somethings: sexual sins, money, possessions, relationships, anger, etc.
Jesus asks for 100%
3. Have you made it your own?
Sometimes just being around church can rub off on you and by being around committed followers of Jesus can make us think we are also committed followers. But have we made it our own?
- You can be around church and start liking some of the things about it; particularly Jesus.
- You come because it’s a nice place to be.
- You may appreciate the “feeling” of serving others.
- You might enjoy the relationships you gain in Growth Groups.
But what is MY relationship like with Jesus? Is it MY faith? Have I made it my own?
“If you want to be my disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26 NLT)
I missed some great quotes today by Scott. Please add what you got to the comments:: thanks.
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