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Learning from Luke: The Bottom Line

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Luke 14:25-33

Consider Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” speech. It’s one of the most famous “what should I do” moments in all of English literature. How did Hamlet work through the choice to live or die? He compares one state (living with pain) to another state (dying with unknowns).

Long before Shakespeare, Jesus challenged people to make a similar choice; to discover their Bottom Line.

To Find What Is Most Important To You,

Compare with the Cross
Luke 14:25-27

  • v26 notice the large crowds: He points to the Kingdom of God
  • v26 Jesus’ example: Kingdom of God first, THEN family
  • v27 even more extreme: Kingdom of God, THEN life

Consider the Cost
Luke 14:28-33

  • v28/30 count the cost TO COMPLETION (what are your resources?)
  • v31/32 count the cost FOR VICTORY (what is your strategy?)
  • v33 count the cost FOR ETERNAL LIFE (what do you value most?)

What could you possibly have in this life that is better than Jesus? Let go of your old life so you can receive New Life in Christ!

Learning from Luke: The Cost of the Kingdom

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Luke 9:23-27

The cost of becoming a US citizen: on paper, $680. In practice, multiple thousands of dollars, plus unknown time spent waiting in personal and paperwork limbo. The cost of becoming a citizen of Heaven: EVERYTHING you have, everything you are.

For Kingdom Citizenship,

What Will You Give?

  • Luke 9:23 “would come after” = intend to follow;
  • 1) deny yourself (who benefits?) AND
  • 2) die daily (submit to SELF-death) AND
  • 3) accompany (find Jesus, and go with Him)

What Do You Value?

  • Luke 9:24 if you spend all your time and energy guarding your soul, the only thing you’ll have at the end is a wasted effort
  • if you completely let go of SELF for Christ, you gain YOU
  • Luke 9:25 so, what do you **really** value? Stuff? SELF? Power? Personal validation?

What Will You Show?

  • Luke 9:26 world’s def. of shame: bad feeling when you’re caught doing something wrong.
    BIBLE def. of shame: realizing that you are wrong
  • if we think that lifting up Jesus’ word in our lives is a wrong thing, something of which we should be ashamed, then Jesus will AGREE with us, and leave us to our own SELF-ish devices
  • Luke 9:27 some people will never let go of SELF-righteousness; they will insist on being the ultimate standard for their own behavior and attitudes; others will, in this life of flesh, let go of its controlling nature, and instead become citizens in the Kingdom of God.

The election that matters most is God’s election of US as HIS.

Learning from Luke: The Value of Forgiveness

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Luke 7:41-50

Kristin Lewis, about 8 years old, mentioned that her mother’s birthday was soon approaching. When asked if she was going to make a birthday card on her father’s computer, she said, “No. If you make one on the computer they don’t keep it on the refrigerator as long as when you make one yourself.”

To Understand the Value of Forgiveness, Remember

Forgiveness Tied to Cost
Luke 7:41-46

  • v41 large debt needs large forgiveness
  • v42 Bible describes SIN as DEBT (Mat. 6:12, Romans 6:23)
  • v43 “I suppose”=old Greek denotes irony; Simon thought he knew the answer, but he missed it altogether!
  • v44 Jesus makes the meaning plain: this woman carried more “debt” than you
  • v45 and she responds to her forgiveness with love
  • v46 How did Simon respond to Jesus? How do YOU respond to Jesus?

Forgiveness Saves the Lost
Luke 7:47-50

  • v47 Notice: love come AFTER forgiveness; God (the forgiver) loves FIRST; we, the forgiven, love LAST
  • v48 “are forgiven” Gk. Intensive perfect, focus on resultant state; Jesus reminds her AND US that we need to focus on our forgiveness; jump to v50
  • v50 it is HER faith because it was GIVEN to her by the act of forgiveness; response to this salvation is PEACE
  • v49 When people see Jesus at work, they’re drawn to ask this question

Who is this Man who forgives sins… who is He to You?

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