Let me ask you a serious question? Are you a “follower” of Jesus OR are you a follower of Jesus that “reproduces” followers of Jesus?
(Matthew 8:18-22 The Message) When Jesus saw that a curious crowd was growing by the minute, He told His disciples to get Him out of there to the other side of the lake. As they left, a religion scholar asked if he could go along. “I’ll go with you, wherever,” he said. Jesus was curt: “Are you ready to rough it? We’re not staying in the best inns, you know.” Another follower said, “Master, excuse me for a couple of days, please. I have my father’s funeral to take care of.” Jesus refused. “First things first. Your business is life, not death. Follow me. Pursue life.”
I borrowed this next portion from Lloyd Ogilvie’s commentary, THE PREACHER’S COMMENTARY….
“The essential characteristic of the Christian life is discipleship. We learn from the Master and we identify with the Master. He is our Savior by virtue of being our personal Lord and as disciples, we live under His lordship. Dietrich Bonhoeffer has said, “Only he who obeys truly believes, and only he who believes truly obeys.” It is not a “works-righteousness” to win God’s approval, but is a response to His grace by which we are saved. The disciple is not working up to the Cross; he has been to the Cross for forgiveness and is working out from the Cross, expressing the new life in Christ. The disciple regards Jesus as the model for ethical directives. To accept Christ is to accept the whole Jesus, what He taught and what He modeled, as well as what He did in dying for us on the Cross.
I love the statement that Pastor Ogilvie makes, “The disciple is not working up to the Cross; he has been to the Cross for forgiveness and is working out from the Cross, expressing the new life in Christ.” I have often said that SALVATION IS NOT OBTAINED BY WORKS, IT ONLY COMES BY GRACE. HOWEVER, ONCE YOU ARE SAVED…IT’S TIME TO GET TO WORK. Jesus told ALL OF US to “go into all the world and make disciples of all nations.”
ALWAYS REMEMBER…..THE SAME GRACE THAT BROUGHT YOU TO THE CROSS…WILL ALSO BE WITH YOU AS YOU OBEY THE ASSIGNMENT TO CARRY THE GOSPEL FROM THE CROSS!
Pastor Kevin Kinchen
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