Why is it that too often people have put, or they are putting Christ last? Here the questions are asked about the requirements to following Jesus, not the way to salvation. The cost of discipleship is brought out in this passage of scripture.
In verses 57-58:
The first man is impulsive. He said that he would follow. Jesus said that the Son of man had no place to lay his head. This signifies that “the man” would have to give up his lifestyle, and that following Jesus “the man” would be rejected by the world as Christ was rejected.
In verses 59-60:
The second man seemed willing, but he wanted to bury his father first. Jesus was not saying that the man could not go to the funeral. Apparently, the man was putting human affections before doing the Lord's will. This signifies that the man was more concerned with something else than the Lord.
In verses 61-62:
The third man seems anxious but volunteered. However, his family had to come first. It looks like he did not want to have to sacrifice something. Jesus says no man can plow and look back. Plowing requires one to continually look forward. For one to look back is not fit for Kingdom of God.
Some Christians Put Christ Last:
Do we put people first?
Do we put our finances first?
Do we put our work/jobs first?
What have we placed before our service to Jesus?
Sinners Put Christ Last:
I am too young; I have plenty of time.
I must enjoy the pleasures of life.
I need to make my fortune.
I need to live life to the fullest while I can.
What will others say about them?
What have they placed before accepting Christ?
Those Who Have Put Christ Last:
They are not willing to accept man's disapproval for God's approval.
They are not fit for God's Kingdom.
They have put worldly items before God
We cannot have a half-hearted commitment. We cannot pick and choose where and how to follow. We must accept the cross along with the crown; accept judgment as well as mercy. We must count the cost and be willing to abandon all. Do not allow anything to distract us from the manner of living Christ calls us to. If we intend on following Christ, we need to put aside worldly things. We cannot profess Christ and covet the world. At the judgment seat, what will happen to you then, knowing that you have put Christ last in your life?
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