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Intro: I'm pretty good at shocking myself when it comes to electricity, we are remodeling our kitchen and I've already shocked myself twice. I remember when we lived in Lancaster I had an old lawnmower that someone had given me. One day as I was mowing the lawn I noticed that the spark plug wire had come off, so I decided to put it back on. This was before lawnmowers had that safety bar feature when you let go it turned off the mower, so I reached down and tried to put the spark plug wire back on. The next thing I knew I was laying in the yard looking up into the blue sky. We had this big window in the kitchen that looked out onto the back yard. One of my kids was saying, ''Why is dad lying on the ground with the lawnmower running?''
In this passage Jesus makes some pretty shocking statements for those who would follow him. The voltage that courses through this passage could kill you.
Jesus wants his followers to know what they are getting into, what their attitude will have to be and what will be expected of them. I really do think that Jesus wanted to shock them into reality, the reality of what it really meant to be His disciple.
Question: Are all Christians, disciples in the sense that Jesus is talking about here?
The reason I ask the question is because I don't believe that most Christians or people who call themselves Christians would say this is what they signed up for.
When the person, speaker, preacher or whoever asked you if you wanted to follow Christ, did they say:
''You will have to renounce everything in your life in order to follow me?''
Did they tell you that your life would be better, your marriage would be better, you will find greater enjoyment and fulfillment in your life?
I have to be honest when sharing the gospel with someone, telling them how hard and difficult it is going to be is not my highest priority, mainly because I don't want to scare them awa ...
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