Standing the test of time…
Intro: What happened to Judas? Was Cain always evil?
25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
26 “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. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Does he really mean that?
When interpreting scripture, it must line up with the rest of the Bible.
Paul talks about how to treat family.
“Honor your father and mother…”
What does it mean to carry your cross exactly?
To be a disciple.
Disciples of Christ…
Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
What is your cross?
Answer: Following Jesus. Doing what he says and what he does.
A disciple of Jesus follows him into the Garden and after pleading with God, “Take this cup from me, not my will, but thine be done.”
Disciples of Jesus…
1. Submit to God’s will.
28 “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?
29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
“You don’t want to look stupid, do you?”
Also the appeal to be a good representation of Jesus.
“Well done is better than well said.”
Example: Kerry Neve asks for a decision to obey before she teaches. (Forgiveness)
2. Have decided to obey unconditionally.
Love is a decision.
Example: “Can you do me a favor?”
“Depends on what it is.”
It says, “Yes, no matter what, how long, where… unconditionally.
31 “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? 32 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. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
You cannot win without giving up.
3. Show an increase of peace through surrender.
Make peace with God while the time of reckoning is still a long way off.
It’s a war we can’t win.
Great peace have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.
Example: When I was living as an enemy of God, I saw the precepts of God as limiting, boring, the end of fun, and the end of my life. Now as I surrender to him, I find that there is more fun, unknown, and, best of all, PEACE.
34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
Here’s a word to Christians:
Useless. Without purpose or…
in chemical terminology, Caput Mortuum is a Latin term whose literal meaning is "dead head" or "worthless remains”.
It’s the end of chemical changes that cannot be returned to use. (rust)
CM is also sometimes used as an alternative name for mummy brown (alternatively Egyptian brown), a pigment that was originally made in the 16th and 17th centuries from ground-up mummies, and whose use was discontinued in the 19th century when artists became aware of its ingredients.
* * Almost poetically, CM’s only use is as a warning. (Judas) * *
Loosing its saltiness:
Christians that were once effective but have been diluted by the world.
LOVING THE WORLD more than God.
…less than useless.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
4. Continuously purge personal idolatry.
Better to be extreme in one way or the other.
So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
Complacent Christians are in the most dangerous place because they may not even be Christians at all.
There is no middle ground.
“There is no neutral ground in the universe. Every square inch, every split second is claimed by God, and counterclaimed by Satan.”
Judas and Cain both went wrong somewhere…
“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Jesus won’t cast his pearls before swine.
Their (the wicked) venom is like the venom of a snake,
like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
that will not heed the tune of the charmer,
however skillful the enchanter may be.
One of the big traps that preys on both the young and the old alike.
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
1 Corinthians 10:12
5. Are always open to correction.
Always listening, always learning.
Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it,
for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.
Prayer is not only talking to God.
Application: Ask God to expose blind spots in your life. Are you teachable?