Is He Enough?

Tonight I was reading a sermon entitled “The Radical Cost of Following Jesus” by, who else?, John Piper. I thought I’d share a little bit here. The text was Luke 9:56-62:

And they went on to another village. As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Piper writes:

“What Jesus is doing in our text is to test you, to see if this is enough, to see if he is really your treasure, your joy, your security, your hope, your friend in times of loneliness, your home, your father and mother, your power to look straight ahead – to test you in all these ways, he tells you what it will cost. Don’t make these hard words more difficult than they are. He is not saying, ‘There will never be time when you have a bed and pillow and a roof.’ He’s not saying, ‘It will always be wrong to be at your parent’s funeral.’….

The point of all these tough words as Jesus interacts with different people is not to create laws that all disciples…have to keep: Thou shalt give all your money! Thou shalt give half your money! Thou shalt go without a bed! Thou shalt go without a funeral for your dad! The point is that Jesus knows everyone’s idol. Jesus knows perfectly what is competing in your heart with affection for him. He looks everyone of us in the face this morning and sees right to our heart.

Let him do that for you now. Don’t take offense. He does this to win us for himself. “Follow me!” is the goal. Being with Jesus is the goal. It won’t be easy. But it will be good. There will be joy even if there is continual sorrow (2 Corinthians 6:10 – ‘sorrowful but always rejoicing’). Because he will be with us.”

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One thought on “Is He Enough?

  1. thanks Beth! that was very timely, being there’s “enough” time to consider what has been or what’s my idol (now)? speaking of family and home, hope its all wonderful 🙂 let me know when you get back and we’ll party before the kids get back.

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