DEVOTIONS AND SERMONS

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The Cost Of Being A Disciple
 

December 31st is a crucial date in the world where most of them take resolutions / decisions. We have also personally done this at the year end. Whether we complete it or not, taking resolutions is attached to our life. It is a good attachment, because we can be clear of what our desires are, what we wanted to become and the faith that we have towards it….. God will grant our desires.

Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Taking resolutions is like participating in a Marathon. Participation is good. To be a disciple the following are some that we got to take note of it.

1. Seek First His Kingdom.

Luke 14:26
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters--yes, even his own life--he cannot be my disciple.

If we wanted to be Jesus disciple we got seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness. Then we know and can be sure of what will happen to our lives.

2. Carry Your Cross.

Luke 14:27
And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

Cross may feel heavy, burdensome….but still we should not keep it down. There were people asking Jesus to come down from the cross. There will be people asking us to keep the cross down. We got to decide to carry it. Keeping it down cannot bring glory to God.

3. Keep Building Your Spiritual Life

Luke 14:28-30
28 "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?
29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him,
30 saying, 'This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.'


We all decided to build our relationship with God when we got baptized. Stopping it in the middle is giving rooms for others to ridicule. If we are given an option to either destroy it or build it, we will choose to build it definitely not destroy it. If we don't build it, some parts may get destroyed (like if you keep the incomplete building idle for some time). So let us take efforts in building our spiritual life.

4. Give Up Everything.

Luke 14:31-33
31 "Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?
32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.
33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.


Can we think we can win war against God? It is better for us to surrender and be at the feet of God. What is something we are not able to give up? Let us decide to give up and see the fruits.

5. Salt With Saltiness

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


If we loose our edge being a disciple that means we loose saltiness, then we will be thrown out. This is a warning. Whatever situation we may be in God has the power to change and make us more salty again. Can people around you see you being salty?

In Luke 15, we can see the parable of lost sheep, lost coin and lost son. Let us make efforts in doing what is right. Let us not worry about the 99 good things that we have but let us find out that one good thing which we have lost ( it may be sharing our faith, being joyful, self control, coming to meetings, reading the Bible………) and then rejoice with it.

Satans victory is for good people to do nothing. Remember there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Let us spiritually shine.