People were excited and enamored with what Jesus was saying. He spoke with authority. He had to be very careful with whom He spoke to and gave His life to.
He said that to follow Him you would have to pick up your cross. In other words, He told His followers to follow Him, but that following Him would not be easy.
Jesus knows the motivation of your heart. What if He were honest with you and told you to just go back to your seat?
Remember, in order to be His disciple (not just Christian, but disciple), you have to love Him more than any other person on the planet. Any one else you try to love should pale in comparison to the love you have for the Lord.
God is in control and He is worthy of our love and adoration.
The American church loves the God of comfort more than anything else. He will stir up your life just to see if you trust Him most.
We want to naturally gravitate to what is comfortable to us. It’s what we’ve been conditioned to do. But God calls on us to change the world for Christ.
God can close doors no man can close, and He can open doors no man can open.
There are no gray areas in discipleship. Either you’re all in or you’re all out.
The gospel writer uses two very simple analogies to illustrate these things.
For example, if you are planning to build a tower, you first have to count the cost to see if you can finish it. If you lay the foundation and then run out of resources, you will be mocked.
Also, a king going off to war must first determine if he has the manpower to overcome his enemy. Otherwise, it would behoove him to make peace instead.
This means that in order to be a disciple of Christ, you must be willing to forsake all you have for Him.
Give thanks to God for every single blessing. Because everything ultimately comes from Him.
We have to stop being afraid that God is going to take everything from us. The question is, are we willing to give it all up for Him? He might not ask for anything. Or He might ask for everything.
Don’t play games with the Bible. God knows if you’re a pretend follower or not.
We all have gifts that are to be used in the local church context.
Stop making decisions that you don’t follow through with.
We talk too loosely about our commitment to Christ. He always comes first. When we put God first, all these things will be added unto us.
If God isn’t first in your life, you are bankrupt.
If we aren’t willing to live through the hard stuff, then, yes, we can be saved, but we cannot be His disciples.