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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #160
TEXT: Luke 14:25-33
During our first three messages in this series, we began discussing some of the things that hold Christians back from being fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Based on Jesus’ words in Luke 14, we saw that some people are caught up in the enthusiasm and excitement of the crowd — they enjoy the good times with Jesus — but they never really venture into the area of full and total commitment. Others may have gotten over the crowd, but they are tripped up by family ties. They experience a tug of war within themselves between what mama has to say and what Jesus has to say. And then, there are those who have gotten over family troubles, but they are hung up on that old, persistent enemy — self. They are not willing to give up what they desire in order to follow Christ with their whole heart.
Today, we are going to continue looking at what it means to be a true disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Taking up your cross means being determined. Jesus Christ says in verse 27, “And whosoever doth not bear his cross… cannot be my disciple.” If you are going to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, one of the requirements is that you must bear your cross.
2. Taking up your cross means sometimes walking alone. You might recall that on the night when Jesus was arrested, Jesus said to His disciples, “smite the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.” What He was saying was, when the Jewish authorities come to take me — when they smite the Good Shepherd, the sheep (that is the crowd, and the disciples) will flee. And, that is exactly what happened.
3. Taking up your cross often means not being able to do what you want. Jesus says in verse 27, “And whosoever doth not…come after me, cannot be my disciple.” In other words, you cannot pick up your cross and go your own way.
Have you picked up your cross, dear friend? Have you wholeheartedly begun following the footsteps of the Master? As Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Christianity has always insisted that the cross we bear precedes the crown we wear. To be a Christian one must take up his cross, with all its difficulties and agonizing and tension-packed content, and carry it!” Are you ready to start carrying your cross today?
MUSICAL SELECTION: “Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?” by Dottie Peoples and “King of Kings (He’s a Wonder)” by CeCe Winans
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in twenty-three foreign countries. He is the author of thirty-four books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts, The Prayer Motivator Devotional and the Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report and the Second Coming Watch Update. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, and a Master’s degree in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for twenty-five years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.