Discipleship: The Call of Abandonment and Surrender
During a NASA space shuttle launch you will hear the phrase ''negative return.'' It is a phrase that is part of the abort protocol. It means the shuttle has reached the point and speed at which a return to the launch site is impossible. No astronaut wants to be at ''negative return'' and have to abort. Negative return also means, barring a major failure, that the shuttle will make it into orbit. It is the point where you cannot turn back.
Tommy Hinson, ''Hard Sayings of Jesus: Hate Your Parents''; preachingtoday.com
One of the recurring themes of discipleship that we find in the Gospels is the call for complete surrender.
1. Jesus calls us to the point of ''negative return.'' It is a full-on and forward moving life-long commitment where we release the option of turning back.
2. There is an old hymn that says, ''I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.''
As we look at our Scripture today we find this is the call Jesus gives. It is a call to follow and not turn back.
Luke 9.57-62 - As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, ''I will follow You wherever You go.'' 58 And Jesus said to him, ''The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.'' 59 And He said to another, ''Follow Me.'' But he said, ''Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.'' 60 But He said to him, ''Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.'' 61 Another also said, ''I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.'' 62 But Jesus said to him, ''No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.''
As we consider Jesus' interaction with this would-be disciples it is important to think about Jesus'...
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