DON’T LOOK BACK
Legendary Series, Week 2
Sunday, April 10, 2016
“Everyone makes a living, most make a life, and some make a difference”
It all starts with three simple words, “Come, follow Me…”
Making a difference will cost you something.
Luke 9:57-62 (#724)
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
1. Making a difference is not comfortable.
- When you decide to make a difference, it will always make you uncomfortable.
- If you determine to make a difference in your work – your neighborhood – your community – your church, you will have to get uncomfortable
2. Making a difference is not convenient.
- “First let me go back and bury my father…” (this doesn’t seem like an outrageous request)
- Jesus response – there’s always going to be something else to do, something else begging for your attention or capturing your interest, but living the legendary life – making a difference – living with purpose – isn’t convenient – you don’t fit it into your life, you orient your life around it
- Making a difference always involves people, and people are inconvenient
3. Making a difference is not cheap.
- The legendary life is costly – not about money – when you determine to make a difference, it will cost you something
- Salvation is a free gift, but following Jesus is costly
- You can’t keep a foot in both worlds – You can’t live the life of a following difference maker and do what everyone else around you is doing at the same time
What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? – Matthew 16:26 (#687)
You can deny yourself now, or you can lose yourself later
Sacrifice: “To forfeit something for something else considered to have a greater value.”
Jim Elliot: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – he made a difference
Challenge: Is there something God is asking you to do – somewhere that He is leading you to make a difference? Is there something holding you back? Will it be uncomfortable? Inconvenient? Costly? Count the cost – not the cost of doing it, count the cost of not doing it.