Passage: Luke 14:25
Weight of the Cross
- Bonhoeffer said every Christian has a cross appointed by God - some to highest form of martyrdom.
- The call to "carry our cross" is unpopular - it doesn't fit our desires for comfort and ease.
- Jesus' words about the cost of following him are almost anti-evangelistic - he is deliberately repelling superficial followers.
- To be a disciple means total relinquishment of the throne in our lives over to Jesus as Lord.
- Carrying our cross doesn't mean Jesus didn't die for our sins - but it does mean dying to self every day as we follow him.
- The "treasure" of knowing Christ compels us to give up everything to gain him.
- Jesus knows we will stumble in discipleship at times - but perpetual compromise and lukewarmness makes us useless, like salt that has lost flavor.
- His message sets forth the cost and reward very clearly - now is the time for decision.
- Why do you think the call to "carry our cross" is so unpopular today? What makes that truth difficult for our culture?
- In what ways have you compartmentalized your life from fully submitting everything to Jesus as Lord? What holds you back?
- How would you describe what it means practically to "die to self" every day? What does this look like?
- When have you been compelled to sacrifice or suffer loss because of the treasure of knowing Christ? How did he prove worth it?
- Why can we sometimes slip into seasons of compromise or lukewarmness in following Jesus? What restores passion?
- How can we spur each other on as a church community to embrace the cross versus shrinking back when it feels too costly?