Committed Discipleship

Spiritual Revival by Committed Discipleship!

Jesus said: “If you want to be My disciple, you must hate everyone else by comparison – your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be My disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow Me, you cannot be My disciple.”  (Lk 14:26-27).

Un-distracted!

Jesus is not teaching that we should abandon or mistreat our loved ones. It would be difficult to justify God’s message of love if we were unable to truly love our family, friends and even our enemies. His point is that by comparison, our level of commitment must rise above being distracted by any other influences.

A Disciple is More than a Student:

A disciple is a person who commits to carry something of enormous significance… to be just like the Teacher. If you are going to be a Christ follower, you must live just as He lived. Jesus was the greatest revivalist of all! Before you think that this simply requires training, contemplate the thought that Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing. Seeing what the Father is doing, must be embraced as an activity of our supernatural revival lifestyle. To reflect the transforming lifestyle of Christ means committed discipleship. 

The Cross Carrying Lifestyle:

Jesus is calling us to carry our cross daily! ”Those who do not carry their cross and follow Me cannot (not “might not choose to”) be My disciples.” To carry a cross means we are dead to the life of leaning upon ourselves. Our wisdom and our natural perceptions of reality are not good enough. We pick up a tool that will become the lense for how we see our world.

A New Lense:

In Judea at the time of Jesus, the mention of carrying a cross communicated a powerful reality. The people of that day often saw Roman soldiers torture and abuse people who were dragging a heavy beam through the streets. It was a sobering sight, because the person was literally carrying his own tool of execution. He carried it until he was nailed to it. I would suggest we carry it, so we can see through it.

No matter how you look through it, crucifixion meant you were a dead man walking.

This is the level of commitment God expects from you if you want to become a catalyst for spiritual revival. The “old time religion”… it isn’t going to cut it, and neither is the political bully pulpit. Jesus is calling us to a committed descipleship. But were we to pick up that cross and follow… then the very foundations of Earth would be shaken!

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