The Cost of Being a Disciple

LPUC eNews – Sunday 4 September 2022

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Today is the thirteenth Sunday of the season of Pentecost and we will be looking at the topic ‘The Cost of Being a Disciple’ from Luke 14:25-33. In order to get an appreciation of what Jesus is saying about discipleship. Let us look at Jesus’ last recorded words before He returned to God the Father. Matthew 28:18-19 says ‘Then Jesus came to them and said ‘all authority has been given to Me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son an of the Holy Spirit.’ Acts 1:4-5, 8 says ‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about. For John baptised with water, but in a few days, you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and to the ends of the earth.

In Acts 21-4 we read ‘When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in the one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from Heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

Jesus certainly didn’t leave the disciples powerless to carry out His commands and God was able to confirm the validity of the Holy Spirit’s ministry by sending fire. The fire also symbolised that God’s presence was now available to all who believe in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

Our reading highlights 3 things, which Jesus is teaching the gathered crowds on what true discipleship means. The first is we cannot be His disciples unless our love for Him is so great that all other loves are hatred by comparison. Secondly, we cannot be His disciples if we don’t carry our cross and follow Him and Thirdly, He wants men and women to honour Him more than everything else in the world, otherwise we cannot be His disciple.

He closes in v. 34 by saying that those who fail to display the character of a true disciple are like salt the loses its flavour. And we need to guard that our initial commitment to Jesus does not fade in due time. Jesus closes the message in v. 35 with the words ‘Whoever has ears to hear let them hear.’ This implies that if a person is willing to follow Jesus no matter what the cost may be, then they should hear and follow.  Keith

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