Are You A Disciple
In the fourth chapter of Matthew’s gospel, beginning at verse 18, we have the calling of four fishermen: Simon, Andrew, John, and James as disciples. In verse 19 of Matthew chapter 4, Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Verse 20 says that “they immediately left their nets and followed him.” The same is said of John and James in verse 22. “And immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.” Most people are not willing to give up the life they have in order to live the life they could have. If you want to live in the shadow you will never walk in the light. Mark 4:21-29. Don’t hide your light under a bushel.
The gospel that Jesus preached in Luke 4:14-19 is rarely preached today. Jesus read from Isaiah 61:1-2. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted; To preach liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind; To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” If you are going to be used of God you need to get real. The reason our cities are not changed today is because the church is not changed. Our priorities and gospel are not the same as the Lord Jesus Christ. The gospel or any message should always bring us to a place of change or decision. You will make more mistakes by not doing the Word than by doing it. So the question that Jesus is putting forth before His church today is – Are you a disciple?
Matthew 10: 24-25. “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple to be like his teacher and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household?” There is a cost to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ, a cost that too few are willing to pay. In Luke 9: 57-62, someone said to Jesus that he would follow him wherever he would go. Jesus went on to tell that person that he had nowhere to lay his head. Then He began to challenge them. “Follow Me.” One by one they began to make excuses, nothing that I may add like the excuses made today for not following Him. To each excuse Jesus countered with a no room for excuses answer. Finally, He seals the end of all excuses with, “ No one, having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom.” You say, “this is too hard.” I only quote the words of the Lord that you claim to follow, the one whose disciple you claim to be.
I will sum up Luke 14:26-35. Every one that claims Jesus as Lord, every person that claims they are saved should read and meditate these verses. Verse 33 sums up the context of these scriptures. “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” There are two needed qualities of disciples. They are discipline and perseverance. The biggest decision you’ll ever make is to change. I realize I have reached the point of no return for myself. I can’t go back or stay where I am. I can only go forward. How about you?
In Him, Pastor Joe