July 1, 2010 – Reading from Luke 12 to 14

I. On Forerunners

Even Spiderman has learned this ‘saying’ from Luke 12:48b, “…When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.”

I was reading from NLT and before I reached that particular verse, Jesus was talking about being ready for His return. A head servant’s responsibility it appears to me, is not something to be taken lightly. He must prepare not only himself but the rest of the servants under him. The “servant who knows what the master wants” has greater accountability compared to the one who does not know. And it was in this context that Jesus went on to say the words, “more is required from him who has been given much.”

Could it be that first and foremost, what God wants us to understand and be zealous for after reading that passage, is that those of us who have more knowledge and understanding of what it means to “prepare the way of the Lord,” have in fact been trusted with such a crucial role in our lifetime, that more than any other endowment (like talents, money, spiritual gifts) from God that has to be used responsibly, this calling to be a forerunner is actually the one of most tremendous and critical importance?

To think, Jesus further emphasized this when he said in Luke 13:25, “When the master of the house has locked the door, it will be too late…” A forerunner makes sure that the generation understands that they cannot afford to be late, found without oil to keep their lamps burning.”

II. On Disciples

Paraphrasing from Luke 14:25-31, What is the cost of following Jesus?

Hate everyone else by comparison — your family and your life…

Dont’ begin until you count the cost…otherwise, you might not complete what you have begun…

Bottomline: You cannot become His disciple without giving up everything you own.

With this verses I thank God for — helping me further in my understanding of why many times it becomes so difficult for us (or some of us) to stay in the center of God’s will. I do not intend to point a finger but simply make a general statement for all of us. Some have not really counted the cost, which Jesus plainly stated in this passage to be: EVERYTHING. Even to have a heart that “hates” (by virtue of comparison to our love for God) and is separated from everything that is valuable to it. So when the things of the Kingdom begin to challenge the things of the world, some find great difficulty coming up with the RIGHT CHOICE, because there is still too much LOVE for “other things.”

Note: Defining the Greek word ‘hate’ with help from great treasures website

hate [verb] -ed, -est, -eth, -ing

…to hate, usually implying active ill-will in words and conduct, or a persecuting spirit. (In antithesis to αγαπάω (agapaō 25)) to love less, not to love, to slight.
…the signification to love less, to postpone in love or esteem, to slight

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