Lordship: All or Nothing

Posted: October 20, 2015 in TLCC
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We usually sing songs we don’t mean. Think about this…

All that I am
All that I have
I lay them down before you Oh Lord
(Do we really mean this song when we sing it?)

or how about…

Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that you’re my God
(Did we even prepare ourselves before we sing this song remembering that God is holy, and in the act of worship, what preparations did we do before approaching God?)

or this…

Blessed be your name
When I’m found in the desert place
When there is pain in the offering
Blessed be your name
(But when we are in situations like what the composer is singing, I doubt it if we are blessing God’s name. I think we’re more of complaining or in the process of whining.)

Not that I would not sing the songs, but rather, we need to encourage one another that as we sing the songs, may we think about what we are singing. We cannot be saying something and then not doing it, for that would be hypocrisy.

We cannot be rash, hasty, and inconsiderate as not to count the cost of following Jesus. As we study Luke 9:57-62, we will find three men who wanted to follow Jesus at their own terms and how Jesus responded is true to us, even today. In following Jesus, we need to…

#1 Prepare for DISCOMFORT (Luke 9:57-58)

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

It is exciting to see what God would do. People who follow Jesus sometimes do it because it benefits them. When Jesus fed the 5,000, it was physically satisfying. When Jesus healed the sick and casted out demons, it was comforting to be alleviated from pain and suffering. Some people want to follow Jesus because it would convenience them. Jesus was direct in His reply…

“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Following Christ meant a life of hardship. It’s never going to be easy on us. We are going to be encountering a lot of uncomfortable situations because our own Lord showed us that life on this earth is not about being comfortable. It is not about building a house for ourselves, or a permanent place for ourselves. As Carrie Underwood would say…

This is our temporary home
It’s not where I belong

Matthew Henry, one author said…

If we mean to follow Christ, we must lay aside the thoughts of great things in the world, and not reckon upon making any thing more than heaven of our religion, as we must resolve not to take up with any thing less. Let us not go about to compound the profession of Christianity with secular advantages; Christ has put them asunder, let us not think of joining them together; on the contrary, we must expect to enter into the kingdom of heaven through many tribulations, must deny ourselves, and take up our cross. Christ tells this man what he must count upon if he followed him, to lie cold and uneasy, to fare hard, and live in contempt; if he could not submit to this, let him not pretend to follow Christ.

The second attitude we have in following Christ is…

#2 Follow without DELAY (Luke 9:59-60)

To another he said, “Follow me.”

It is Jesus who draws us to Himself. It was never about us coming to Him. It is God who paved the way for us to be reconciled to Him. He calls us to follow.

But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

And Jesus said to him, Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.

Reading this passage, it seems harsh. What the guy was saying though is that he would go home, wait for his dad to die, then he will follow. It is actually very similar to us today. We would wait until conditions are favorable to us before we do what God has called us to do. Here’s the thing though…

Delayed obedience is still disobedience.

When we follow Christ, we are to follow with our all, and we are to follow without delay. We should really understand that following Him involves Lordship. When we know our place, that we are but servants (actually…slaves), we know that any hesitation on our end meant we don’t understand that “Lord” means master, one who calls the shots. We don’t have the right to dilly dally.

Lastly…

#3 There should be no DISTRACTIONS (Luke 9:61-62)

Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.

Jesus said to him, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

I used to think that this was pretty harsh. What’s wrong with saying goodbye? Actually, what the man was saying is…

Let me go and set in order my household affairs, and give direction concerning them.

The man was just opening himself up to temptations, to a time where instead of following, he would be entangled by the affairs of his house.

Jesus was telling him, you can’t put your hand in this work and keep on thinking about other things. You have to be focused. You have to be able to come to a point of a single pursuit, which is…God. There should be nothing else that comes between us and God.

What are the things that are hindering us from fully following? Would we be willing enough to pray and say…”Take out whatever is distracting me from fully following You, Lord!

Savior and Lord are not two separate entities. We can’t accept Christ as Savior and choose not to make Him our Lord. We do not have the option of receiving Him as Savior and not as Lord.

Following Jesus is costly…but it’s worth it.

For more stories regarding Lordship, check out the following blog posts…

No False Advertising by Joseph Bonifacio

Lordship? Big Word! by Jek Valle

Jesus is Lord over my love life by Joseph Bonifacio

One Tough Decision by Dennis Sy

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