LORD IS LOOKING FOR DISCIPLES!"
preached by David P. Nolte
Jesus has a goal. His goal is bringing every person in every part of
the world in every generation to
God. He could do that in any number of ways. He could just make
everyone believe. He could send
angels with such persuasion that nobody could resist believing. But you
know what He did? He
spent three years preparing twelve men and in their hands placed the
outcome of His purpose. He
called disciples, followers, students, learners, and taught them to go
into every part of the world
winning other disciples.
- TO BE HIS
DISCIPLE, YOU MUST LOVE HIM SUPREMELY:
- Let me hasten to say that Jesus in no wise would diminish your
love for parents or
other significant people. He would have you love them beyond what you
describe. But as much as you love them, love Him more!
- Do you love Him most? Do I love Him most? How do I know if I
love Him? I don't
feel toward Him as I do to my parents or wife or children - so, do I
love Him? Let
me say this:
- Loving Jesus is not an emotion, but may be accompanied by an
is not just a feeling.
- Loving Jesus is not feeling toward Him just as you do to a
buddy or pal you
go fishing with, though He is your Best Friend. Loving Jesus is not
feeling friendly toward Him.
- Loving Jesus is not a protective, sheltering kind of love
like you feel toward
your family. It is not the love of the strong toward the weak, or the
to the defenseless.
- So what is loving Jesus? Let Him define it. Loving Jesus is
action, not feeling.
- If you love Jesus, put Him first! Even above the most beloved
in your life. Even above yourself.
- Jesus said, "If you love Me, obey My commandments." John 14:15 (NLT).
Loving Jesus is obeying
- Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love Me
these?" Peter said, "Yes, Lord, You know I love You." Jesus said, "Then
feed My lambs." John
Loving Jesus is taking care of one
another in the church.
- One boy said to his mother, "I love you, Mommy! Can I have a
popsicle?" Later she
asked him to help her set the table for dinner. He folded his arms and
refused, saying, "No! Don't wanna!" Did He love her? Maybe, in an
Another boy said, "I love you Mommy!" Later she asked him to help her
set the table
for dinner and he smilingly joined in the task. Now, which truly loved
Mommy most? Both may have thought they did, and both may have loved
Mommy - but only the
latter boy proved it by going beyond words to deeds. Do you love Jesus?
To be His
disciple, you must.
- TO BE HIS
MUST FOLLOW HIM SACRIFICIALLY:
- He said we must take up a cross. A cross is always a choice. It
is not something
foisted or forced upon us. It is not something that happens to us.
Jesus chose the
cross, so must we.
- But what does that mean?
- The cross represents unconditional obedience. After praying
that He not have
to go to the cross, Jesus said, "Not My will but Yours be done." We
bear a cross until we obey like that.
- The Cross represented sacrifice. On it Jesus sacrificed His
life. It means
radical self-denial, even to dying to self. We don't bear a cross until
self like that.
- To take up one's cross is to follow in the steps of Jesus Who
models total and
radical obedience and self-denial. We don't bear a cross until we
sacrificially to the cross.
- Bearing a cross is coming to the point of surrender where we
realize it is not all about
us, it is not just for self, it is not just about what we want. It's
about Him, and being
- Years ago my nephew Ronnie, about 11 at the time, demonstrated
this kind of self-denial. His mother fixed a dessert that Ronnie
particularly loved and hardly ever got. He noticed that his sister,
Connie, was not there and asked where she was. His
mother told him she was eating at a friend's house. He noticed that
there was no
dessert left over after his mother had dished it out. He took his and
put it in the
freezer. His mother asked what he was doing, and he said, "I'm saving
Connie so she will have some when she comes home." Unselfish, willing
to deny self,
giving up what he loved, for his sister. That's the heart of following
sacrificially. To be His disciple, you must do that.
- TO BE HIS
DISCIPLE, YOU MUST COMMIT YOUR LIFE TO HIM SENSIBLY:
- He demonstrates the need for counting the cost, for not jumping
without prudence and forethought. You want to be sure you can complete
before starting and that you can win a war before waging one. Even
being a disciple
is not an impetuous decision, we must follow Him sensibly if we follow
Him at all.
- Following Him sensibly merely means, "Count the cost! Know what
is entailed in
being a disciple." So, what will it cost you to follow Jesus and to
- It will cost you your self will.
- It will cost you your indulgence in lust.
- It will cost you your desire for revenge.
- It will cost you your self indulgence.
- It will cost you your time.
- It will cost you your energy.
- It will cost you your money.
- It will cost you your pride.
- It will cost you your self-sufficiency.
- To follow Him sensibly, you must make a deliberate commitment
to Him, not just an
emotional, temporary irrational decision. It means making at least the
of commitments ana making them with eyes wide open to the cost. Take a
look at the
card from the bulletin. This is a commitment between you and God. Do
not turn this
card in. Keep it in your Bible. Will you, as His disciple, make these
- I will attend all the regular services of the church unless I
have a reason I
would give the Lord Himself.
- I will set my plans and will aside when they conflict with
His plans and will.
- I will give sacrificially and faithfully of my finances
through the church.
- I will avail myself of scheduled opportunities to learn from
- I will make honest effort to lead others to Christ.
- I will spend time daily in prayer and Bible reading.
- I will commit to breaking any habit that is detrimental to my
witness or my
relationship to Christ and other Christians.
- I will take my responsibility to work in the Body of Christ
seriously and will
use my gifts and abilities faithfully for Him.
- I will endeavor to lead a Christlike life both at home, in
church, and in public
- Gary, a friend of mine was counseling a couple for marriage. He
asked, "Now, what
particular commitments do you want to make to each other?" The man
"Commitments? What do you mean?" Gary said, "A commitment is a
man said, "Well, what kind of promises?" Gary said, "You know, promises
will be faithful to you.'" "Faithful?" The man asked, "What do you mean
Gary, exasperated by now, said, "Faithful means you won't cheat on her
or have any
girl friends." The man said, "I don't want to promise that!" Needless
to say, the girl
didn't want to make commitment to a jerk who didn't want to make
her. The wedding was off. Jesus wants us to make commitments to Him.
we fully intend to keep. Vows we fully intend to carry out. He has made
commitment to you - what commitment will you make to Him? Make that
commitment rationally, wisely, and sensibly. To be His disciple, you
trip around the world begins with the first step. So the journey to
becoming a disciple begins
with the first step. Will you take that step? Step out to yield your
entire life to Christ for His use. Step out to declare yourself on His
side. Step out to be His disciple, one who loves Him supremely,
one who follows Him sacrificially and one who is committed to Him
sensibly. While we sing our song
of commitment "I surrender all" will you just translate those words
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