Saturday, August 18, 2007

Half-Way Houses

Jesus the Christ had a way of teaching that was superior. He used common ideas to deliver heavenly truths. So as He headed to Jerusalem to die, He helped the multitudes comprehend genuine discipleship. He said it was like building a tower. He said it was like going to war (Luke 14:25-35).

Jesus is not looking for fans, He is looking for followers. For those who want Christ to round out their existence, Jesus has nothing to offer. Discipleship is not measurable. It is or it isn't. There is no degree of commitment. Being a Christian is accepting the one time price by paying in full.

Jesus refused to associate His kingdom with the undecided. His conditions were strict. He said don't go to war unless you know you can win. He said don't build a fortress unless you can finish.

So let's not get confused. Jesus can't use half-way houses. If you think He can, maybe you should be committed.

"For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it--lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'" ~ Luke 14:28-30

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