As we conclude our series on identity we are looking at what a disciple does.
This week we have learned that a disciple listens, loves, serves and today we see that a disciple sacrifices.
Pollster George Gallup contends that fewer than ten percent of evangelical Christians could be called deeply committed. Most of those who profess Christianity don’t know basic teachings and don’t act differently because of their Christian experience. Martin Luther said: A faith that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing. A growing faith requires sacrifice!
There is a cost to count for being committed to Jesus. A builder must count the cost or estimates the amount of bricks that are needed for a building. What are the costs of discipleship? Christians may face loss of social status or wealth. They may have to give up control of their money, their time, or their career. They may be shunned and separated from their family. We must carefully count the cost of becoming Christ's disciples so that we will firmly hold to our faith and won't be tempted later to turn back.
And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27
Why did Jesus use this particular illustration? He used a radical symbol to get people's attention. The CROSS.
He was not simply speaking of an individual's personal problem or obstacle. In that day and age, a person who was bearing a cross was walking to their death.
Bearing your cross means dying to self—laying aside your personal goals, desires and ambitions so that God can reveal His desires, ambitions and goals for your life.
Remember: a faith that does not cause you to sacrifice anything is worth nothing!
Your pastor and partner in ministry,Kyle
This Super Sunday join us in all 5 services at C3 as we highlight testimonials from some NFL greats as well as current players from the Broncos and Panthers. Be sure to invite a friend to one of these special services at 8:30, 10, 11:30am & 6pm