But first: Luke 9.61

“Yet another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say goodbye to my family.'”

Luke 9.61

Luke is all about discipleship. Jesus tells us the cost of following him up front. Some want to follow him, but desire to continue their lives normally. Some people are good at prolonged goodbyes.

What conditions do people try impose on the Lord when he calls them to follow? Is there something you want to do “first” before taking discipleship seriously?

#discipleship #excuses #VOTD

Like the Lord

I think this was written sometime around my birthday, last week. It appears not to have been posted anywhere, so here it is for the appreciation of those who love the art of poetry.

With love in the heart, we’re like the Lord:
His patience working powerfully in us,
His faith is ours, in the fullness of God,
His tender touch our gentle tool—
This Man of men, bringer of mercy.

#poetry #love #discipleship

About to go: Luke 10.1 VOTD

“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him two by two into every town and place where he himself was about to go.”

Luke 10.1

Jesus prepared his disciples for their future work of proclaiming the gospel and prepared the peoples who would soon be blessed with his presence as he proclaimed the kingdom of God in Israel.

How do Christians today prepare people ahead of time for Jesus’ appearing?

#mission #discipleship #VOTD

Following Jesus means imitating Jesus

Tonight we studied with a wonderful couple of new converts. Our conversation dealt with what it means to follow Jesus. A big part of that is imitating Jesus.

We mentioned that Jesus himself instructed us to imitate him, in John 13. There are so many areas in which this principle is applied. We read specifically about one, using the text of 1 Corinthians 10.23-11.1. (This chapter division is one of the worst, ever.)

People here have a tendency to put distance between ourselves and the Lord. After all, he was the only perfect human being, without sin. One brother even announced before the congregation that no one should follow his example.

But when it comes to limiting one’s personal liberty in order to please others, that they might be saved, Paul tells us to follow his example, because he follows Christ’s.

Everyone should be able to say that.

#discipleship #imitation-of-Christ #example

Have love: John 13.35 VOTD

“Everyone will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.”

John 13.35

Jesus established the badge of discipleship to the world as mutual love. God’s great distinguishing characteristic is love.

Love is how spiritual relationships are developed and deepened. It is the essence of what the Way is all about. How does love act?

#discipleship #love #VOTD

Hate: Luke 14.26 VOTD

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, and wife and children, and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.”

Luke 14.26

In his gospel Luke focuses on discipleship and its cost. The kingdom is open to all, Lk 14.15-24, at a price, for God is eager to welcome the lost, Lk 15.1-32.

Jesus uses the word “hate.” Why does he do that?

#discipleship #gospel-of-Luke #VOTD

Jesus shows the way

This is part of a chapter out of a book I’m writing, “Total Transformation.” You might find it to be of use.

When we want to be transformed, Jesus shows the way. That way is not easy, but it is simple. It is the way of discipleship.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” Mt 16.24.

It might seem strange to us that Jesus makes this affirmation to his followers so late in his ministry. His declaration, however, comes at a critical point, after the confession of his identity and the Lord’s subsequent revelation of his death. Now his group can begin to understand the nature of discipleship. Continue reading

#cross-of-christ, #discipleship, #self-denial