The cost of being a disciple.

The call and response.
— To Peter and Andrew, Jesus said, “Come follow me and I will make you fishers of men”. At once they left there nets and followed him. (Matt 4:19)
— Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and IMMEDIATELY they left the boat and their father and followed him. (Matt 4:21-22)
–As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collectors booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. (Matt 9:9)

The appointment.
— He appointed twelve-designating them apostles- that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. (Mark 3:13-15)

–These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey excepta staff-no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.”
They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.
(Mark 6:12-13)

The Reward:
(Response of the 72 and of Jesus)
–The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” (Luke 10:17)
–“However do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the son is except the Father, and no one knows whom the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Luke 10:20-22)

The summary:

–The call

–The simple obedience

–The commissioning and sending out (notice the obedience to discipleship came before the sending)

–The reward of truly being a fisher of men
knowing the Father through revelation of the Son.

A tangent:
For those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those her justified he also glorified. (Romans 8:30)

Is this not the call of discipleship. Is being justified not a continued walk of active obedience. Is being glorified not living out the kingdom by being a true fisher of men that is send out and is setting those free around them by “preaching and to having authority to drive out demons.”

Source of these thoughts: The Cost of Discipleship by Deitrich Bonhoeffer


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