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Are You Devoted In Your Discipleship?
• Though we claim to be devoted to Christ, do our actions support such a claim?

• Introduction
• Luke 14:25-35
• While Jesus speaks to the many, the discipleship He speaks of is individual.
• Each person must determine for themselves what their true priorities are.
• Claiming to be a disciple does not make you one.

• Devoted Disciples Have A Priority
• The cost is enormous concerning relationships.
• V.26
• Some have approached these words with an unintended application.
• Men have left their families in order to “serve God” in a monastery or a ministry.
• Such is contradictory to Bible’s instructions to love family (Ephesians 5-6)
• The “hate” He mentions is in comparison to our love for Him.
• He uses hyperbole to show the contrast.
• The point is that we must love Him more than ANY other relationship.
• Place your priority!
• Matthew 6:33
• John 6:27
• In order to be a true and devoted disciple of Christ, you must love Him first, last, & always.
• Everyone who comes to Him must understand it.
• Married couples / Children / Bros & sis all must recognize that their relationship to one another will ALWAYS be 2nd to Jesus.
• It is not forced, it must be chosen - “even his own life”
• Colossians 3:1-3
• Devoted discipleship is to resolve to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, & strength
• It is to have a “martyr’s spirit” - A willingness to lay our very selves down for Him, if need be.
• Revelation 2:10

• Devoted Disciples Have A Cross To Carry
• Misguided thinkers imagine any inconvenience to be “my cross to bear.”
• Some think they’re bearing a cross when they carry no real devotion to true discipleship.
• It is a cross because of discipleship and is related exactly to being a real follower of Jesus.
• The cross was not only a symbol of brute torture, it was also a powerful symbol of self-denial, humility, and shame.
• Hence, our “cross” is the same as one another’s, and the same as Jesus’
• Hebrews 12:2-3; Philippians 2:8; 2 Timothy 3:12
• In assuming this cross, Jesus warns that there is a price to pay, a cost to consider - vv 28-32
• The scenario about the unfinished building is a sober reminder of the commitment it takes to become - and remain - Jesus’ disciple. (also Luke 14:34-35)
• It is bad enough to never start, it is worse to start and never finish.
• Matthew 13:20-21; 2 Peter 2:20-22
• The 2nd illustration may be looked at from 2 perspectives.
• 1st, consider when one becomes a disciple, Satan declares war on him (1 Peter 5:8).
• Our own strength is inadequate to fend off his attacks so we must have superior help (Ephesians 6:10-ff).
• 2nd, we could look at God as the superior King with the greater resources.
• In our realization that we cannot win against such a formidable One, it is to our benefit to seek peace on His terms.
• Peace is preferable to war and fellowship with God is certainly preferable to enmity with Him!
• Either way, discipleship brings difficulty and requires resolve and endurance.

• Devoted Disciples Have A Decision To Make
• Vs 33
• Too often we look at life as a smorgasbord in which we can fill up on – We think we can have it all!
• The danger is that filling up on the wrong things can choke out the good.
• Choose the good!
• Matthew 13:22; Luke 8:14
• Jesus’ admonition to “give up all your possessions” is a call to reevaluate your value system.
• What do you really want to keep?
• Luke 9:24-25; Hebrews 10:34-35
• Truly all that glitters is not gold!
• Devotion must surpass everything!

• Conclusion
• Devoted Discipleship not only considers what is to be forsaken but most importantly, what is to be gained.
• Sin may be pleasurable for a little while but it fails to fully satisfy.
• What does satisfy are the resources God provides through life in His Son.
• Devoted disciples have placed their priority, picked up their cross, and made their decision!
• Are you devoted to Christ?

By Carey Scott from an outline by Zeke Flores

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