Monday, January 27, 2014

What Is the Cost of Following Jesus?

Now when Jesus saw a great crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. And a scribe came up and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." Another of the disciples said to him, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." And Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead." -Matthew 8:18-22

I. THE CALL TO FOLLOW JESUS REQUIRES A COMMITMENT NOT JUST A PROFESSION.

And a scribe came up and said to him, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go." 

II. MANY PEOPLE LIKE THE IDEA OF FOLLOWING JESUS MORE THAN THE REALITY OF FOLLOWING JESUS.

And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head." 

III. THE CALL TO FOLLOW JESUS GOES ABOVE ALL EARTHLY RESPONSIBILITY OR ALLEGIANCE.

Another of the disciples said to him, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." And Jesus said to him, "Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead."

CONCLUSION:

  • Are you willing to follow Jesus no matter the cost?
  • Are you all in with Jesus?
  • If asked to give up your life as you know it in order to follow the will of God in your life, would you be able to do it?
  • Maybe God is calling you to do something that seems radical, but I encourage you to give it all to Jesus as you count the cost of following him daily.
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The above post is a condensed sermon outline from the message I preached yesterday at Restoration Community Church in Raleigh, NC. By next week this time the full sermon should be posted on their website.

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