The Cost of Following Jesus

(MatthewA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » 4:12-23)
By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.
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January 26, 2014

Introduction

the-last-tycoon-dvd-cover-25Recently I watched the Chinese movieBRUNO is a Trash!. Read more ... » “The Last Tycoon.” It is a 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 lifeWhat is Life?. Read more ... » before the Japanese invaded China. I don’t like his 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 saveA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. 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 disciplesJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » among us? Every ChristianThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » must be a 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 ... » mathetes. Disciple means learner and follower.

There are three things that a disciple should do to follow JesusWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » as his Master:
1. Each disciple should experience repentanceNew Year, New Creation. 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 faithThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... ». In real life it is not importantThree Important Teachings of Jesus. Read more ... » which one is first and last. The important thing is that when there is faith, there must be genuine repentance.

2. Each disciple should listenThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » and follow Jesus’ command (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 LordIsaiah’s Prophecy on the Coming of the Savior. Read more ... », I have to finish something first before I follow you.” Like a loyal soldier they followed Jesus with sense of urgencyThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... ».

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 our call as a military, and we 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 ... » us to war in Afghanistan! And we know that we may be sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » home“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » in a box.

The disciples left:Jesus with his diciples

(1) Their jobs (v.20).
(2) Their families (v.22; LukeThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » 14:26).
(3) Their riches and possessions (Matt 19:21) Jesus says, “In the same wayHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up all his possessions” (Luke 14:33).
(4) 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).
1. They denied themselves (Luke 14:27).
2. They carried 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). They followed Jesus continually.

(5) Their comfortHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » zones to show mercyThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... »/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 needy person on the street. The Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » (religious“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... ») people (the priestGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » and the Levite) just watched the 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.

Conclusion

The late theologian/philosopher, Francis SchaefferFollow Me: The 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 fatherJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. 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 GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » 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 ... ».”

francis_schaefferIn 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 timeHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... »: 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 salvationA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... », when Francis in effectThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » declared, “I must follow the Lord.” (Told by Edith Schaeffer, in The Tapestry [Word], pp. 60-62).

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