As God does, he provided just the right word at the right time. My friend Mark sent a sermon by David Platt entitled, “The Gospel Demands Radical Sacrifice“.
If you recall, I left off with the realization that the issue between my daughter and me may, in fact, be my faith. David Platt explained that Jesus gives us very clear instruction in discipleship that is so, so often hard to even comprehend. In fact, it seems that he MUST be wrong; however, the only thing that is wrong is you and me.
Let’s take a look.
Luke 14:25-35 Now great crowds acccompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise when he has laid a 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.’ Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
“Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or the the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Long story short, we are commanded to love God with all our heart, mind, and strength – more than anything else. Nothing should come before God. We should have no problem walking away from EVERYTHING. Yes, we love our family, but only because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). Furthermore, in comparison, our love for anything beside God should seem like the stark difference between love and hate.
That’s not optional. Read the text.
Is this a sacrifice? Far from it. When I look at the immensity of Jesus’ love for me, nothing else compares.
Discipleship with Jesus is beyond family. Yes, my family may not understand and may not want to join me. That’s a tragedy, not as in me deserting them but for them missing the greatest thing possible – Jesus Christ.
Still, I must count the cost. Is He worth it? That answer is an absolute yes. That doesn’t absolve me from my problem with my daughter; however, it does help further define it. I may never be able to provide what my daughter may be looking for, that is, complete approval without the gospel. I won’t be able to give her that because she needs it more than life itself. Certainly, far more than she needs my approval.
Father, thank you for providing the wisdom I need when I need it so that I may be able to work through this problem. You are so amazing! Amen!
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