Radical Living for Radical Rewards (Matthew 10:24-39)Pastor Joe Sanders, October 23, 2011
Part of the Radical Together series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Almost everyday we make decisions based on a risk-reward evaluation. We think, "What is the least that I can risk on this for the greatest reward?", or, "If I take this huge risk, is the reward worth it?" Its often based on this line of thinking that we make decisions. So when Jesus talks about following him into persecution, division within our families, pain, rejection, carrying a cross, we run our little risk/ reward calculation. And we often count the cost as being far too high. What he is asking us to give up is too costly or impossible to get back in return. Our hearts' focus is in the wrong place, we seek the wrong things, and we look to the wrong source to satisfy us. The amazing thing about the call of Christ is that he calls us to follow him into some impossibly difficult settings but he also promises that the greatest rewards await us when we do. If we go through our entire lives thinking that living a certain way will bring us all happiness and that way is not God's way, are we prepared to find out at the end of time that all that we ever wanted is found in God through Jesus? Following Christ leads us to joy, life, treasure. Will we make ourselves a blank check that God can spend any way he wants to? Will we follow him any and every where?
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24The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. 25It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? 26Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. 27What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. 28And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. 30But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 32Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. 33But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. 34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. 35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. 36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. 37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. (KJV)