Summary: 3 IMPORTANT POINTS IN COMMITTING OUR LIVES TO FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST.
Theme: Commitment to Follow Christ
A. In Israel, particularly in Jerusalem, there is what they call a “Wailing Wall.” People will go to this place to pray. One day, a journalist was assigned to the Jerusalem Bureau of his newspaper. He got an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall. After several weeks he realized that whenever he looked at the wall he saw an old Jewish man praying vigorously. He wondered whether there was a publishable story about the sight. So he went down one morning to the wall, introduced himself to the old man and said: "I see that you come every day to the wall. What are you praying for?"
The old man replied: "I come here to pray for world peace, for the brotherhood of men, and for the eradication of illness and disease from the earth."
The journalist was impressed of the old man’s sincerity and persistence. He continued to ask: "You mean you have been coming to the wall to pray every day for these things?" How long have you been coming to the wall to pray for these things?" The old man nodded and said: "Maybe twenty or twenty-five years."
The amazed journalist finally asked: "How does it feel to come and pray every day for over 20 years for these things?" The old man replied. "It feels like I’m talking to a wall."
We’re sure that praying at that wall got old, but at least, HE WAS COMMITTED TO DOING IT!
B. In our previous message we learned that God is calling us to stand up and make a commitment to Him. In relation to that, Paul told us that to commit our life to God is our reasonable service. Committing our whole life to God is our logical and sensible response to His great love and mercy.
C. Now, let’s continue our message on the subject of commitment, and I’d like us to know and understand the kind of commitment Jesus required from us when He called us to follow Him. Let’s open our Bibles to Luke 9 (quickview) : 57-62.
At this point of time, the popularity of Jesus had spread throughout Palestine. Consequently, many were attracted to follow Him because He had performed great miracles. He had enabled the blind to see, the lame to walk, and cast out demons. Many had seen how He multiplied the 5 loaves and 2 fishes into enough food to feed the 5000 men. Perhaps, many people who had experienced these things had thought, “If Jesus can do all these things then surely, if I follow Him, He can meet all my needs. I won’t miss this great chance.”
Actually, the three persons in our passage were enough to represent them all. They did come and express their desire to follow Jesus. But amazingly, Jesus did not welcome them. In fact He turned them away. Why? Did our Lord not desire to have as more followers as possible? No, but He wanted something more important than that: He wanted commitment from those who would serve Him.
Today the Lord Jesus still requires that same kind of commitment from those who would serve Him. Let us look carefully at the 3 IMPORTANT POINTS IN COMMITTING OUR LIVES TO FOLLOW JESUS CHRIST.