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Digging Deeper

TO GROW IN CHRIST Luke 14:25-35


Posted: 2/23/2014

Read Luke 14:25-35.  Discuss the following questions:

1. What were some of the reasons the crowds were traveling with Jesus?
Some were probably tagging along to see if he would do more miracles, others because they heard he could provide food. Some may have been eager to hear more teaching. Some were probably just traveling along because they were also headed to Jerusalem for the Passover. Some were following him because he had transformed their lives in some way (healing, casting out demons, spiritual transformation).
 
2. What does Jesus mean when he says to hate others?
“Hate” in this context is a  Semitic expression that means “love less.” He doesn’t literally mean to hate these people (as is clear from the commands to love others). He means that the love you have for your family and friends should pale in comparison to the love you have for him. Relatively speaking, it looks like hatred. If there is  a choice between showing love to Jesus and showing love to another, the choice should be Jesus every time.
 
3. What does it mean to hate one’s own life?
If we are true followers of Jesus, then we cannot permit our “life”: our desires, our priorities, our wants, our will, or any other aspect of our “self-life” to take precedence over our following Jesus. All other things and relationships are lower in priority, and those which attempt to thwart our following of him are “hated.”
 
4. What is the symbolism of “carrying the cross”?
Carrying the cross refers to the suffering and shame and death which will come our way a a result of our faithful connection to Jesus. Disciples must be willing to take up the troubles that come their way as a direct results of their following Jesus.

5. What are the two great endeavors that Jesus gives as pictures of discipleship?
Building a tower. Leading an army into war.
 
6. How do those illustrate discipleship?
Building a tower is a huge undertaking. The primary consideration is: “Do I have enough resources to get this done?” We have to estimate the cost and determine whether we are willing to spend that much. Discipleship is a total commitment. We have to be willing to give all we are and have. Building a tower can have significant rewards. Discipleship has eternal rewards.
Leading an army into battle is a dangerous mission against an enemy. Discipleship is a dangerous mission against the spiritual enemies: the world, the flesh, and demons. Jesus likens discipleship to fighting a war with the odds against us. We have to have confidence in our Commander that he can win this war even when it looks impossible.
 
7. What are some of the uses of salt?

  • its ability to inhibit or prevent corruption
  • its ability to bring or accent flavor.
  • its ability to make people thirsty.

8. What does salt represent in this context?
In Matthew 5:13, Jesus calls his disciples the “salt of the world.” In this context, he is again talking about his disciples.

9. Why would someone want to be a disciple? (See Matt 19:29; John 8:31-32; 2 Cor. 4:16-18; 1 John 4:19)
Can you think of other reasons? What are the strongest reasons for you?
Eternal rewards (Matt 19:29); truth and freedom (John 8:31-32); eternal glory beyond comparison to the momentary troubles of today (2 Cor. 4:16-18); being compelled by his love for us and his love in us (1 John 4:19).