Following without Obeying?
09/30/2018

Following without Obeying?

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Passage: Luke 9:57-62
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Bible Text: Luke 9:57-62 | Speaker: Nelson Nyman | Series: Luke | Uncle Berv’s charge to me about the other guys following me when we went out on New Year’s Eve on year. They want to be like you. They imitate you. 

THEY WILL FOLLOW YOU.

Jesus set his face toward Jerusalem…. to suffer then to die.

Read text: Luke 9:57-62

57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:57-62

Note: 3 times, Jesus interacts with people.

Exchange of words.

“…for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45b

The words of Jesus also reveal what’s in the heart of a man. 

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, 

“I will follow you wherever you go.” 

Very noble, but not everyone was called to follow Jesus “wherever he went”. 

The one who follows Jesus…

1. does it His way

36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” 37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follsermoow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.

John 13:36-38

Peter WOULD lay down his life, but not then.

He needed to deny Jesus to get humble.

In His time, in His way…

Remember the man called “Legion”?

The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him. 

Luke 8:38-39 

In his time, in his way… 

Maybe Jesus called this man to be a blessing to his family right where he was.

Example: 

Have you ever tried to do something Jesus he didn’t call you to do?

How did it work out?

Self appointed ministry…

Application: 

May we say like Isaiah, “Here I am, Send me!” (anywhere you see fit)

Or I will stay here! 

58 And Jesus said to him, 

“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

Jesus speaks to the heart issue of the man.

…to think it through 

count the cost

to wait…

The one who follows Jesus…

2. counts the cost first.

Have you thought about where I am sleeping tonight?

 

The Lord’s earthly life wasn’t even as secure as the life of an animal. 

Example: Gabe’s alter call. 

Jesus was on his way to suffer and die. 

Those following him would be in danger of loosing their lives too. 

Then JESUS called someone…

59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Remember the response of Jesus shows the heart of the person.

Delayed obedience is disobedience

Maybe the person wasn’t called to be there for his family at that time.

Being the self-proclaimed family “master of ceremonies”, can hinder instead of help. 

Example: After my Dad died, I wanted to get a job and be there for my Mother. 

But, I would never be a replacement for my Dad.

(Uncle Ken’s warning)

The one who follows Jesus…

3. puts obedience over good intentions.

I was tempted to be an “amateur providence” for my Mom.

“Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, 

even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it.” 

~Author Anonymous~

The good is the enemy of the best.

TRY WAIT.

61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.”

“BUT” always indicates at contrast. 

I will, but I won’t.

Example: “I’m sorry I spoke without thinking yesterday. I know I hurt your feelings. Please forgive me.”

“Yes, I forgive you, but you shouldn’t have said what you said.” 

(I forgive you but not really.)

What was “saying farewell to those at home” really about?

Asking permission. 

Many people have expectations for what life for you should be like.

Doing something others don’t validate usually brings resistance. 

The one who follows Jesus…

4. doesn’t need validation from friends. 

Should we really “talk it over with our friends” before following Jesus?

“It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.”

Example: At home, the call of Jesus suddenly seems “silly” or “too extreme”. 

The man’s heart was with his friends back at home.

Again, Jesus addresses the heart issue.

62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Luke 9:57-62

Old School Plow 

Another picture: Farming ~ Plowing, not harvesting, not even watering

The plow is hard, not seeing the harvest.

Going back to say goodbye wasn’t about saying goodbye. 

It was wanting to go back instead of forward.

Example: “Just one more time…”

Who am I following? Jesus or my friends?

When things get hard, it’s easy to look back.

Example: We tend to want things to be how they “used to be”.

Say not, “Why were the former days better than these?”

    For it is not from wisdom that you ask this.

Ecclesiastes 7:10

But Lot’s wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

Genesis 19:26

The one who follows Jesus…

5. looks forward, never back. 

Are you going on with Jesus? The way goes through Gethsemane, through the city gate, and on “outside the camp”… The way is lonely and goes on until there is no longer even a trace of a footprint to follow— but only the voice saying, “Follow Me”.

~ Oswald Chambers

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