Would-Be, Could-Be, Should-Be; Real Commitment or Excuses? by Pastor Duane Adler
Luke 9:57-62 and Luke 9:23-27
There is a cost to being a disciple of Christ, a cost most people do not understand. The question of “What does it cost to be a disciple of Jesus?” has been asked for generations. To gain an understanding we must first define discipleship. According to Merriam Webster, a disciple is someone who accepts and assists in sharing the doctrines of another person. Therefore, a disciple of Jesus is a person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the Good News of Jesus Christ…Christians. Yet many Christians do not understand the cost of discipleship. In Luke 9:57-62 we read of three would-be disciples, who illustrate three of the main hindrances to whole-hearted discipleship; 1) material comforts, 2) a job or occupation, and 3) family and friends. These three would-be disciples eagerly proclaim their dedication and commitment to following Christ, however, once they discover the cost they turned away from Christ.
Christ is calling us unto Himself. His desire is for us to have an eternal relationship with Him first and foremost, and then He desires for us to whole-heartedly follow Him no-matter where He takes us. The two of the three would-be disciples of Luke 9 gave rather convincing excuses to not following Christ, but Christ does not want our excuses…He wants our surrender. Put Christ first, make Him Lord of your life, family, marriage, job, friends, finances, recreation. Christ must be Lord of ALL for us to be His disciples. The cost of being Christ’s disciple is making Him Lord of ALL. There is no option of giving one part to Christ, while keeping the other for ourselves. Paul understood the cost when he wrote 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. This world is not our home…we’re just passing through. Lay up treasures in Heaven, not here on earth where moth and dust corrupts.
Luke 9:23-27 provides us with instruction, bringing us to the heart of the matter. We must make a decision to follow Christ. We must deny ourselves. We must take up our cross daily. We must have determination to follow through. Are you ready to follow? What does Jesus saying, “Follow Me!” mean to you? If you really want to follow Christ it is going to take real commitment…not excuses.