Tough choices


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Jesus talks about the tough choices that we make in our spiritual walk. Can you make the tough choice?

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Tough choices

  1. 1. TOUGH CHOICES Some choices are difficult and life changing
  2. 2. Luke 9:57-58  57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, "Lord, I will follow You wherever You go." 58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
  3. 3. Tough Choice #1 Comfort vs. Follow Jesus (57-58)  Makes a good statement  Man – Where ever you go.  Jesus – It will not be easy, not comfortable  Implied – Must make a difficult choice  Moral values  Friendships  Priorities in life  Pleasures  My comfort vs. their salvation
  4. 4. Luke 9:59-60  59 Then He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." 60 Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God."
  5. 5. Tough Choice #2 Physical vs. Spiritual (59-60)    We often discuss the physical cruelty and pain Jesus suffered Are we missing the point? The spiritual pain was greater – separation from the Father  Is Jesus being overly harsh? Cruel?  Issues is: Put Christ first – Matthew 6:33
  6. 6. Luke 9:57-62  61 And another also said, "Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house." 62 But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."
  7. 7. Tough Choice #3 Relationships – old vs. new (61-62)  Have a farewell party – say goodby  Think about James and John  Matthew 4:21-22 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
  8. 8. Tough Choice #3 Relationships – old vs. new (61-62)  Would you have left “immediately” and leave your father in the boat?  Jesus said – Make your choice  Once the decision is made don't look back  Don't “second guess” your decision to follow Christ.
  9. 9. Conclusions: (1) We must make tough choices to follow Jesus. (2) Only YOU can make your choices. (3) No – IFs, ANDs, or BUTs about it.
  10. 10. Conclusions: (1) We must make tough choices to follow Jesus. (2) Only YOU can make your choices. (3) No – IFs, ANDs, or BUTs about it.