Luke 9

Scripture:

Luke 9:51-62

Observations:

· Jesus teaches his disciples about the cost of following him
· Jesus was on a mission as he “resolutely” set out of Jerusalem
· Jesus tried to reach out to the Samaritans but they wanted nothing to do with him
· One person said he would follow Jesus while Jesus asked another to follow him
· The man that Jesus asked had a reason not to go at that time. Whether it was an excuse or not we do not know
· Someone else said they would follow Jesus but also wanted to do something else before following him
· Jesus seems to give direct and maybe harsh answers for following him
· Jesus wants total dedication

Application:

Jesus calls us to be a disciple and to go and make disciples. He lets us know that it will cost us our life and it is a commitment that we should not take lightly. How committed am I as a disciple of Jesus? There are times when I seem to be all in and other times when I am not. I do know that the longer I have been in a relationship with Him, I surrender more and more of myself to Him. I also know that I have a long way to go. What are areas in my life that I need to surrender? Is Jesus asking something of me where I have been disobedient?

Prayer: 

Lord I love you. You know me and you know my heart. You know the parts I have surrendered and the parts I have not. I am your disciple and I choose to follow you all of my days. Forgive me when I fall short and into my selfish ways. I need you and I want to live for you. Make me into the person you created me to be. In Your name. Amen.

 

 


3 comments (Add your own)

1. Jan Ramirez wrote:
Good insights, Ernie! And AMEN on your prayer.

A couple things the Lord revealed about myself...
In verses 10-18 the apostles and Jesus went off for some 'bonding' time, for them to share with Him the experiences they had from when He sent them off two by two.
But then people started showing up, to see Jesus. If I were an apostle..."So much for OUR time with Him...!"
Ouch...am I really that selfish, Lord? Maybe even to the fact that I want to keep you to myself?!
Jesus had compassion on the people, always welcoming.
Lord, forgive me for my selfishness!!

Then verse 23: "...take up his cross daily..."
I ask myself, What is the significance behind the cross, what does it represent?
Rejection...'hatred'...
But I want to feel 'accepted'...!
To be BOLD for Jesus, not afraid of rejection, THAT'S what He wants from me.
Lord, forgive me for 'playing it safe'; help me to see others with your eyes; help me to face rejection with THANKSGIVING and JOY; help me to have compassion for the lost, because really, they are rejecting you and your gift of salvation. =( Amen.

Tue, January 13, 2015 @ 4:09 PM

2. Rob Schulze wrote:
Several of us have been discussing strategies & structures to help us better "make disciples who make disciples." This was a really insightful chapter for me this morning...

Luke 4 - Jesus gets to know disciples like Simon (Peter)
Luke 5 - Jesus starts to call men to follow him as disciples
Luke 6 - He brings his disciples together and from among them he chooses 12
Luke 6 thru 8 - The disciples are "walking in Jesus dust" but are seem to be watching him vs. helping him
Luke 9 - BIG SHIFT...
- Jesus gives his power & authority to his disciples (cast out demons, heal people, etc.)
- The disciples are taking some ownership. Suggest to Jesus to send the crowds away to eat & find lodging
- Jesus tells the disciples to feed the 5000 and they do
- Jesus asks for their opinion - "Who do the crowds say that I am?"
- Peter suggests what everyone should do at the Transfiguration (put up 3 shelters)
- The other disciples failed in driving out a demon
- Jesus begins to give them special insight into his coming death
- The disciples argue amongst themselves who will be the greatest
- John reports that they tried to stop others who were driving out demons in Jesus name
- James and John ask Jesus if he wants them to call down fire from heaven to destroy a Samaritan village

The disciples are shifting from "children" to "teens" and like any parent, Jesus gives his disciples his power and authority to represent him and help him proclaim the kingdom yet now there's all the challenges of parenting teens. The disciples are exercising their authority but often without maturity and wisdom.

"Father God, thank you for your patience with me. How often have I presumed to know what you want to realize later that I was more filled with adrenaline than wisdom. Continue to reveal to us how to follow you... how to make disciples... and how to proclaim your kingdom with your power and authority in Silicon Valley today. Amen"

Wed, January 14, 2015 @ 7:52 AM

3. Joel King wrote:
It is awesome to see how the Holy Spirit is stirring in everyone and where he leads them.

The verses that stuck out to me in this chapter were 21-27. The disciples are getting very excited about Jesus and where this movement is going then Jesus takes them aside and explains that he must suffer and die. I can imagine the looks of confusion on their faces. But he does not stop there. He explains that those who follow him must also be willing to take the hard road of suffering. In other words, there are times when God does amazing things in my life and I get really excited that the current miracle will mean the rest of my life will be as sweet. The reality is though that God's plan also has some things ahead that are going to be challenging and hard. In those times I need to follow Jesus' example and faithfully bear the burden and trust God's plan. I need to believe, whatever the cost of following Jesus, the reward at the end is worth it.

Wed, January 14, 2015 @ 10:23 AM

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