THE LIVING WATER
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Sunday, May 26, 2019
TOPIC – COUNTING THE COST OF FOLLOWING JESUS
Read: Luke 9:57-62
And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Following Jesus daily is one of the conditions one needs to fulfil, to become a true disciple of Jesus *(Matt. 10:28).* Following Jesus is the most important thing in our lives. Our emphasis in this study is that following Jesus totally must cost us certain things. Commitment to Christ must not be casual. It is a must for you to count the cost before embark on this eternal journey.
Jesus met with certain three men in different occasion, during His earthly ministry. The discussions He had with them help us a lot to know that one cannot just follow Jesus without counting the cost. All these three men thought that following Jesus was a good thing to do, but they did not see it as the most important thing. The first man came to Jesus himself, but he did not think carefully what following Jesus would entail. So, Jesus spelt out the fact that following Him would means giving up many of the personal comforts that he enjoyed *(Luke 9:57-58).* Commitment to Jesus cannot be based on an emotional or idealistic decision. Jesus called the second man Himself and the man thought that following Him was important, but not more important than family obligations (vv. 59-60). If your commitment to family is greater than your commitment to Jesus, you have got it wrong. Your primary allegiance must be to Jesus rather than to family *(Matt. 10:37).
Finally, the third man volunteered himself to follow Jesus, but with the stipulated that he first be allowed to go home and say goodbye to everyone (vv.61:62). Jesus was important, but not important enough to let go of the old relationship and ways. He wanted to keep the door open, so that if things didn’t work out, he could quickly go back. Jesus replied that His followers cannot keep one foot in the world just in case things don’t work out in the Kingdom. Following Jesus totally is once and for all decision, not an ongoing process. You need to count the cost.
1. Lord Jesus, help me to give my primary allegiance to you alone.
2. I ask for enough commitment through the help of the Holy Spirit to follow Jesus totally, more than ever before.
3. Pray for large percentages of Africa Christians to move from their level of spiritual dullness to becoming committed Christians.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 1 King 15:31 – 18:2; John 7:7 – 7:28
Author: CAC WORLDWIDE