Why Did You Walk to the Front?

Living in this world is already a challenge and to add on top of that trying to live this life as a Christian makes it harder. There are some people who feel that if they become Christians things will get easier. I think that some of the ministering styles and the hunger for “good” news ( not the Gospel) have led people to preach blessings. So people hear that their lives are a wreck because they don’t know Jesus. So they walk to the altar; get baptized and learn about Jesus. Now they know of Jesus. After which they begin to look for the blessings to come. Now the church needs money so they tell them that you are not blessed because you don’t give enough to the church. So they give to the church in the hopes of getting a return on their investments (stock market). Have you noticed anything about this pattern? Their entire submission to Jesus Christ is centered around them. They came to Christ for a easier life for “them” and they give in order to get more money for “them”. Theirs and a lot of other people’s “salvation” is centered on a easier life and a better life for them. They are not encourage to give up nothing; they are only encourage to prepare to receive.

Luke 8:4-15 esv

The Parable of the Sower

4(G) And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: 5(H) “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up,(I) it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7And some fell among(J) thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded(K) a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, (L) “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

The Purpose of the Parables

9And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10he said, (M) “To you it has been given to know(N) the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so(O) that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11(P) Now the parable is this: The seed is(Q) the word of God. 12The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not(R) believe and be saved. 13And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it(S) with joy. But these have no root; they(T) believe for a while, and in time of testing(U) fall away. 14And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but(V) as they go on their way they are choked by the(W) cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and(X) bear fruit(Y) with patience.

Christ gives the parable about the seeds and how they are received by people. He talks about certain people in the church and it describes us very well. What follows in the next chapter actually pushes the point home for me. It is especially important because of how things unfolds in Luke 9, since Luke is actually written in chronological order.

Luke 9:23-35 esv

Take Up Your Cross and Follow Jesus

23And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him(AI) deny himself and(AJ) take up his cross(AK) daily and follow me. 24For(AL) whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25(AM) For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26For(AN) whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed(AO) when he comes in(AP) his glory and the glory of the Father and of(AQ) the holy angels. 27But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not(AR) taste death(AS) until they see the kingdom of God.”

The Transfiguration

28(AT) Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him(AU) Peter and John and James and(AV) went up on the mountain to pray. 29And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was(AW) altered, and(AX) his clothing became dazzling white. 30And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure,[b] which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and those who were with him(AY) were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake(AZ) they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three(BA) tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—(BB) not knowing what he said. 34As he was saying these things,(BC) a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35And(BD) a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son,(BE) my Chosen One;[c](BF) listen to him!” 36And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone.(BG) And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

Christ tells us what we must do if we are to follow Him; deny yourself, take up your cross everyday not just Sunday and follow Him. We must lose our lives to Christ and seek not to save it. But we sometimes like to add things to Christ and God said NO! listen to the Son of God. When you come to more than just knowing Christ but being in Christ and Christ in you; then you will see things differently. Some are still looking at the world through their carnal eyes but when you see the world through the Holy Spirit‘s eyes you will see the truth. Some of us know the truth and choose not to see it. You struggle in this life is because of it. God is trying to draw you near to him and you are rejecting Him but guess what…. All that He calls, comes.

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