Preparation (Luke 14:25-35)Pastor Joe Sanders, September 19, 2010
Part of the Do Something - Make Your Life Count series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Living a life that matters, a life lived fully in the plans and preparations that God has made for us, isn't easy. We certainly have all of the time in the world but we don't always make the most of that time, do we? We all want to live a meaningful life and have some assurance that we're involved in God's plans for us, but what if Christ made some requirements of us in order for that to happen? Certainly God paid the price to redeem and prepare us for his life in Christ, yet it seems fairly certain that Christ laid out some pretty clear and specific things that we must do in order to be prepared for all that God has for us. God prepared good works for us to do and has told us to get ourselves prepared to do those good works. They are high requirements. What will keep you from preparing to live in God's fullness of life?
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25And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. 31Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? 32Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. 34Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (KJV)