Follow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus

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By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

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January 22, 2017

 

Introduction

I watched the Chinese movieBRUNO is a Trash!. Read more ... », The Last TycoonThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... »,” starred by Hong Kong action superstar Chow Yun-Fat. It is based on a true storyYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » about a manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » who tried his best to changeThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » his lifeCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » before the Japanese invaded China. I don’t like his criminal ways, but I am amazed with his loyalty“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » to his masterCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... ». He even sacrificed his life just to protectMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » and saveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » his master. Indeed the protagonist is a goodWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » discipleThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... » to his master.

Who are JesusWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... »disciplesHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » among us? Every ChristianI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » must be a good disciple. The term “disciple” is derived from the Koine Greek“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » wordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » mathetesThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... ». Disciple means “learner and follower.” A disciple follows the LordThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » while learning and perfecting his following.

There are three (3) things that a disciple should do to follow Jesus ChristCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » as his Master:

  1. Each disciple should experience repentanceThe Baptism of Jesus Christ. Read more ... » (v.17). Repentance is changing of heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... », mindI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » and direction. If you recall, the other side“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » of the coin“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » of repentance is faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... ». In reality it is not importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » whichever is first and last. The important thing is that where there is faith, there must be genuine repentance.
  2. Each disciple should listenThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » and follow Jesus’ commandThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » (vv.19, 20). When the first disciples heard the voiceMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... » of Jesus, they immediately followed Him. They did not complain. They did not say, “Wait Lord, I have to finish something first before I follow you.” Like a loyal soldier they followed Jesus with a sense of urgencyThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... ». As if somebody would die if they would not follow ASAP!
  3. Each disciple should sacrificeThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » (v.20). Being a disciple is not laxity. Being a disciple is like accepting a call like a good soldier. Soldiers knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » that the government is going to send“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » them to war zone anytime! And they know that they may be sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » back home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » in a box. Soldiers need to sacrifice for the country, and we as ChristiansThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » must sacrifice for the missionWhat is Life?. Read more ... » of ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... ». Doing sacrificial thing is not just 10 percent but 100 percent of our being. Jesus sacrificed for us and he offered his whole life for the salvationThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » of humankind.

What did the disciples give upA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... »?  (1) The disciples gave up their jobs (vv.20, 22). (2) The disciples left their families (v.22; LukeThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » 14:26). (3) The disciples gave up their riches and possessions (Matt 19:21) Jesus says, “In the same wayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... », none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions” (Luke 14:33). (4) The disciples gave up their comfort zonesThree Things Required in Discipleship. Read more ... » and suffered with Jesus (MarkThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » 8:34).

They left their comfortHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » zones to show mercyMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » and loveThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » with others (Luke 10:25-37). In Luke, the Good SamaritanJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... » showed his being a believer by helping a victim on the street. The Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » priestGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » and the Levite) just watched the needy man and passed by, but the Good Samaritan stopped and helped him, cleaned his bruises and brought to the nearest inn. He even spent his own moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » just to make sure the innkeeper would help him.

The disciples gave up themselves! Or shall we say they denied themselves (Luke 14:27). When was the last timeHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » that we denied ourselves for Christ’s mission? When was the last time that we helped those people who were doing GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... »’s mission? When was the last time that you heard God’s inner voice, but you remained deaf to execute his will?

The disciples did carry their own crosses. Jesus says, “Whoever doesn’t carry his crossBear Jesus’ Yoke to Unburden Your Yoke. Read more ... » and follow me can’t be my disciple” (Luke 14:27). In this phrase Jesus is reminding us that following him means carrying our own cross! Every disciple has his/her own uniqueThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » cross. My cross is different from yours. It’s because God has given us different tasks, giftsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » and talentsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » on the different times and opportunities.

Conclusion

The late theologian/philosopher, Francis SchaefferThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... », whose life and books have impacted thousands for Christ, was raised in a non-Christian home. After he became a Christian, his father“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » did not want him to go to college and did not want him to become a minister, which young Francis felt called to be.

When the moment finally came where he had to make the decisionA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » to go with what he thought God wanted or to submit to his father’s wishes, Francis asked in a strained voice, “Pop, giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » me a few minutes to go down in the cellar and prayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... ».”

In fearPGF the Lord!. Read more ... » and uncertainty, he went down there and wept hot tears of sorrow for his father. Then, in an act of desperate and simple faith, he did something that he would never advise anyone else to do, but what he felt was right for him at the time: he prayed, “Oh, God, please show me.”

Then he took out a coin and said, “Heads, I’ll go in spite of dad’s desires.” It was heads. Still weeping, he cried out, “God, be patient with me. If it’s tails this time, I’ll go.” Tails.

The third time he pleaded, “Once, more, God. I don’t want to make a mistake with Dad upstairs. Please now, let it be heads again.” It was heads.

So he went upstairs and told his dad that he had to go. His dad looked hard at him, then went out to slam the doorThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... ». But just before the door hit the frame, his voice came through, “I’ll pay for the first half year.” It was many years later that Francis’ dad became a Christian, but Francis thinks that this moment was the basis of his salvation, when Francis in effectThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » declared, “I must follow the Lord.” (Told by Edith SchaefferThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... », in The Tapestry [Word], pp. 60-62).

Rev. Dr. Dawn Chesser reminds us:

Jesus’ call to “follow me” is for each one of us, and he calls us to answer613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » that call in the specific context in which we have been placed. We don’t have to go to a war zone to follow Jesus. We don’t have to go to another country, or another city, or even another neighborhood“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... ». As my father always tells me, all I have to do is hoe my own row. I have to tend the garden in which God has planted me. I have to nurture the people God has placed in my community. I don’t have to try to do it all! I just have to concentrate on my row. But just think: If each one of us hoes our row, imagine how that can change the worldThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »! (UMC“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » Discipleship“It is Finished!”. Read more ... » Ministries Preaching Notes, Jan 22, 2017).

Brethren, indeed every one of us has different “row” to “hoe” or to cultivate. Look at your surroundings, look at your neighbor, look at your seatmate, look at your friendLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... », or look at the church or look at the pastorProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... ». Probably they are your mission fieldThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... ». Just open your heart and your soul to accommodate their needs and their soul. Probably God is talking to your inner heart to help them. Don’t wait for them to come to you, as Jesus says “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19).

  Matthew 4:23 says that when Jesus and his disciples went throughout Galilee, Jesus taught in the synagogues, proclaimed the gospelThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » and healed“I was Blind, Now I See”. Read more ... » all diseases and sicknesses of people. Jesus did not wait for them to come to him, he went out, he looked for them, and he shared the good newsYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » and performed miracles.

I believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » when we go out to our own “row” and cultivate it, we could make miracles by sharing the Gospel of the Lord. Do you want to try …. now?

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