In the process of going through our lives in such a hurry, we often miss the little things of life that are really important. That’s kind of what this series has been about. As a church, we need to take a pause long enough to evaluate what we’re doing and what we’re here for.
As kids many of us had someone older than us that we followed around. Most of the time we were probably just a pest to them but we lived for those moments every once in a while when they acted like they wanted us around and made us feel important. They were “cool” in our eyes and embodied everything we wanted to be. Then as we got older and our lives changed, or our impression of them changed, we started following after other things. Often we can look back at some of those so-called role models and be extremely thankful we veered off the path of becoming like them.
At times we go through the same things with our spirituality. We really want to follow Christ and be more like Him. When we grow up spiritually we want to be just like Jesus. Then as we start down that road our lives change, until maybe He goes in a direction we don’t want to go anymore. Until our desires or our plans change for our life. Then we just don’t follow Him as much.
In this sermon we’re going to look at a few passages where people said they wanted to follow Christ and some of His responses to them were what we would call harsh. But if someone really wants to be known as a follower of Christ, it takes much more than a vocal pledge. Here are three of the situations we’ll look at when it comes to our decision to follow Christ:
1. Sometimes God calls but the responsibilities of life keep us from acting
2. Sometimes we want to follow for what we think we’ll gain
3. Sometimes we profess our desire but we’re just not ready to commit yet
Luke 9: 23-27
Luke 9: 57-62