Luke 14:25-35 “The Cost of Commitment”

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Most of us probably have some sort of image in our mind, whether from cinema or Sunday School, of Jesus carrying His cross toward Golgotha, the place where He would later be crucified.  Jesus, was not, however, the only one to do this. It was common practice in those days to force criminals to carry the crossbeam of their mode of execution on their back to the place of their eventual death.

All this was done in very public fashion, humiliating the individual, and sending a clear message to the masses.  Everyone knew that the cross-carrier was on a one-way journey. In Luke 14, Jesus’ command to take up your (our) cross and follow Him carries much the same theme: this should be a one-way journey.  There is (or should be) no turning back. If we give our lives over to Christ, following Him, modeling Him, and walking if faith is non-optional.

Questions to take home:

  1. When people look at your life, do you think that they see that you are on a one-way journey with God?  What things do you think they would see as evidence of that? What things might give them pause?
  2. Take a moment to think about your past week.  How much time did you set aside to spend with God in His Word or in prayer?  Did you meet that goal? What things helped or hindered you from accomplishing your goal?
  3. A challenge to “take up your cross” for the next month, until Easter, was given in church today.  Will you take the challenge? What do you need to do, whether adding or taking away, to make it happen?
The Challenge:
– Read. One chapter in the Bible each day until Easter.  Start with Mark, then read Romans.
– Pray. 10 minutes, twice a day.  No distractions, not multitasking.  Just spend time with God.
– Give. A full tithe (10% of your income) each Sunday through Easter.