Whose Terms?

You can’t follow Jesus on your terms.  There were three men who were willing to follow the Lord, but they wanted it on their terms.
  • Jesus knew the heart of the first man.  He was willing to follow Jesus, but he didn’t want it to cost him anything.  Following Jesus means that we have to be willing to do whatever He asks, even if it costs us everything.  Jesus was homeless.  Following Him was not the road to comfort.  Following Jesus means following Him no matter the cost.
  • The second man was willing to follow Jesus, but he wanted it on his own time.  His father wasn’t dead yet.  He wanted to wait until his father passed away and after an appropriate amount of time for grieving, he would go and follow Jesus.  Jesus tells him that the time to follow Him is NOW!  When you hear the call of the Savior, don’t put it off.  Tomorrow may be too late.  Following Jesus means following Him now.
  • The third man said that he wanted to follow Jesus, but he wanted to go home and say goodbye to his family first.  This isn’t a terrible request, right?  He was willing to go, but he needed to tie up a few loose ends first.  He wanted to turn around, take care of things at home and then follow Jesus.  Why can’t Jesus understand that this man needs to say goodbye?  Because Jesus comes first.  Following Jesus means following Him first.

Following the Lord Jesus Christ was never meant to be the easy road.  It was never meant to be the popular thing.  Kyle Idleman talks about this in his book, Not A Fan.  It is about the difference between being a fan of Jesus and a follower of Jesus.  Jesus doesn’t want fans, He calls for followers.  Fans are fickle.  Followers are committed.  Fans want it on their terms.  Followers accept Jesus’ terms.  Fans are quick to flee when the going gets tough.  Followers are in it for the long haul.  So what are you?  A fan or a follower?

Luke 9:57-62 (NIV)

The Cost of Following Jesus

57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

59 He said to another man, “Follow me.”

But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”

60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”

62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”



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