Dying to Live Radically (Luke 14:25-35)Pastor Joe Sanders, September 18, 2011
Part of the Radical Together series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
A television program on A&E chronicles the life and struggles of people who chronically keep so many belongings in their house or property that their lives begin to unravel. Christ knows our hearts better than we know ourselves and he begins most of his teachings regarding love and/or possessions with the premise that we are great 'self-lovers.' We are all always in danger of settling for the things and loves of this world and missing on the great fulfilling joy of the person of Christ. Christ knows that following him not only invites some hardships from the world around us but also means that we are available for him to ask anything of us, that we are willing to follow and give up anything that stands in the way of completing the journey with God that we have begun. We must entertain the possibility that Christ has called us to something higher than church life as we know it. We must believe that Christ is so good, so satisfying, so worthy that we will leave everyone and everything to find fulfillment in him.
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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)