In Reflection on Luke 14: 25-33 Alyce MacKenzie speaks of this: "The grace of God is not cheap grace. It requires a response. One can only receive the grace of God with open hands, and to open those hands one must let go of all that would frustrate the reception of that grace. Jesus refers to this letting go as repentance…It is foolish and damning to answer the invitation if one is not willing to repent. Half-hearted disciples RSVP to the messianic banquet and then find excuses not to attend (14:18-10). They come to the shore but won’t get in the boat with Jesus because rough waters might await them (Matthew 8:18-22). They put their hand to the plough and look back (Luke 9:62).They “taste the heavenly gift, and share in the Holy Spirit …and then they fall away” (Hebrews 6:5,6).
This reminds me of a monkey who had gotten his hand trapped inside a bottle. He had seen candy in it and upon grasping it in his fist, would not let it go for anything! No one can reason with a monkey. If he would let go of the tempting candy and open his fist... he would get free of this trap. So it is with us!
To obey is better than sacrifice- and to hearken than the fat of rams
For what will a man give for his own life... houses or money... land
There's a way that seems right to you - but in the end it leads only to death
Come unto Him all ye weary - come and find your rest
Consider the cost of building a tower - it's a narrow way that you must come - For to do the will of the Father - is to follow the Son - to love Him more than father or mother - to love Him more than even your own flesh - to give all that you are,
for all that He is - this is the Gospel according to Jesus
Many will say, "Lord, Lord" on that day - look what we've done in Your name
"We've prophesied and performed many miracles - and Lord, even demons obeyed"
But He will declare unto them - the most terrifying words of truth. He'll say,
"Depart from me, ye workers of iniquity for I, I have never known you!"
"Oh foolish man, how you build on the sand - trusting in your goodness to save!
For when the rain falls, and the flood breaks the walls you will be swept away!
But blessed is he who builds on the Rock - who takes Jesus as Lord to save!
For when the rain falls, he will endure it all - standing firm in His grace!
To give all that you are for all that He is - this is the Gospel according to Jesus
"On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7: 22-23
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7: 24-27
"There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death." Proverbs 14:12
"Then Samuel said, "Is the LORD as delighted with burnt offerings and sacrifices as he would be with your obedience? To follow instructions is better than to sacrifice. To obey is better than sacrificing the fat of rams."
1 Samuel 15:22
"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." Ephesians 2:8