9 APR 2017
Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. - Luke 14:25-33 (NIV)
We aspire to be like Jesus. He is our pillar of inspiration and the perfect example for us to model our lives after. But as we reflect, are we even willing to give up our life like Jesus did? Being a disciple of Jesus has a cost - that we lay down our life, as Jesus described in Luke 14:25-33.
As God brings revival to the nations, we must remember that revival is not something to feel; rather, it is something to respond to. It is not only something we should feel good about for a short amount of time, but revival is something we should respond to, something we should hunger after.
Are we willing to take up the cross, as described in the passage of Luke 14:25-33? Do we aspire to do that?
Are we willing to surrender all our rights to Him?
God instills in us dreams and desires; however, are we willing to lay down all our personal aspirations so that God can work in our lives to enable us to achieve His destiny for us?
How much do we really love God? Do we love Him enough, to respond to the calling of being a disciple?
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