Right/Wrong Reasons to Follow Jesus
Passage: Matthew 8:18–8:22
The Right and Wrong Reasons to Follow Jesus
Pastor David Lovi
August 13, 2017
This is our fourth week together in the gospel of Matthew in chapter 8. In the first three sections of Matthew 8, we saw Jesus healing various people and today we’re going to see the cost of following Him.
Many people, when Jesus was healing all of those who came to Him, they wanted to follow Him but now today we’re going to see a few people who really wanted to and they said that and He gave them a response. He checked their motive before they started down that path
In the Bible, we see two things which at first seem contradictory but they are not.
The first is Jesus’ statement: “Come to me you who are weary and burdened and I will l give you rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
But how do they fit with Jesus statement in Matthew 16:24: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”
Seems like a contradiction but it’s really not.
C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity writes:
“Christ says, ‘Give me all. I don’t want so much of your time and so much of your money and so much of your work. I want you. I have not come to torment your natural self but to kill it.
No half measures are any good. I don’t want to cut off a branch here or there. I want the whole tree to come down. I don’t want to drill the tooth or crown it. I want it out. Hand over your whole natural self.
All of the desires which you think innocent as well as the ones you think wicked. The whole outfit and I will give you a new self instead. In fact, I will give you myself. My own will become yours.’”
You see the cost of following Jesus is that we have to die to ourselves. He wants our lives. This is both harder and easier than it may seem. In our passage today, we’re going to see the cost of following Jesus. I pray that all of us will count that cost.