Our Desire And Devotion To Christ
Introduction: The context of this passage gives us the heart of the true gospel and sets forth the major principle of true discipleship, which is absolutely contrary to self-centeredness. Today, we hear much about what one gets who lives by the principles of God's Word, yet Jesus had so much to say about what one gives to be a true disciples of His. The New Testament teaches that there must be a cross before the crown, suffering before glory, sacrifice before reward. The heart of Christian discipleship is giving before gaining, losing before winning, etc.
In this text, Jesus spoke of the high cost of discipleship, not only here, but in every gospel book account, and more than one time in each.
Matthew 10:39, "He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it."
Luke 14:25-27, "Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 'If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.'"
John MacArthur, "Christ's aim was not to gather appreciative crowds, but to make true disciples. He never adapted His message to majority preferences, but always plainly declared the high cost of discipleship. Here, He made several bold demands that would discourage the half-hearted. Verse 26 seems to be a rather difficult command. The "hatred" called for here is actually a lesser love. Jesus was calling the disciples to cultivate such a devotion to Him that their attachment to everything else, including their own lives, would seem like hatred by comparison."
Luke 16:13, "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."
Now, with that being ...
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