There is a classic hymn, "Are Ye Able", that begins, "'Are ye able', said the Master, 'to be crucified with Me?' 'Yea' the sturdy dreamers answered, 'to the death we follow Thee'.". But are you able to follow Jesus? Are you able to be crucified with Him? Do you know the cost of being a disciple? In this sermon I discuss the casual Christianity that Generation X and Generation Y often practice. I look in to what Jesus said about the cost of giving up your life for Him, and I bring to mention the famous theologian, Deitrich Bonhoeffer, concerning his proclamation of cheap grace, and how we often settle for it rather than the costly grace, of which God gave up His only Son, quite a cost for us, and so, we too must act in obedience; true obedience, not as the world sees it, but as God has commanded. It comes at a cost to follow Jesus. Examine your life and don't settle for cheap grace. Live as God's own people, highly prized, as you were bought at a great price! Glorify God by being a servant to Him and to all! That is costly grace!
Often times, we hold ourselves back from fully receiving (experiencing) the grace of God. What's holding you back? Do you feel as though you have to earn His grace? Do you feel that you did something so bad that He cannot forgive you? Do you realize that when you think this, you are saying that God's grace isn't enough to cover you? Friends, don't be held down by the chains of hurt, anger, despair, or worry. Start believing in the power of the grace of God so that you can fully receive it today!
As we read the account of Jesus' attitude towards the money exchangers and temple salesmen and their unjust acts, I am reminded that our own body is a temple of God which houses the Holy Spirit. Perhaps there is unrighteousness in our own life that we need cleansed. Let us call God, through His Holy Spirit, to come clean us of all our unrighteousness, turning our world upside-down so we can be made more holy and acceptable to Him!
When we confess Christ as our savior and when we are baptized in the water and we heed the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we have entered into a covenant with God through Jesus Christ. His part of the covenant is that we receive eternal life. But it is up to us to keep our side of the covenant. It goes beyond confession and baptism. These are null and void if we are not keeping our part of this covenant. And how do we do that? Obedience to Him.
Jason Humberd worked for eleven years as a teacher, then answered his call to ministry, leaving second grade to teach all God's children from ages 2 to 110!