The Cost of Being a Disciple

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

A few years ago, a phenomenal best seller was Robert Fulgum’s “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten.” The book was a best seller no doubt, because it did actually contain some good advice. But the really appealing thing was the title. Wouldn’t it be good if everything we really needed to know in life could be received without cost, without effort, all the way back to kindergarten?

In our better moments, we know this to be a lie. The hard words of Jesus remind us there is a cost to discipleship. The hard words of Jesus urge us to count the cost, to forsake those we hold most dear, to give away our possessions- they are true words. ( Key reference, Luke 14:25-33)

This Sunday I plan to reflect on the life of William Jumper. I met William in Detroit in January of 1983. Over the 30 years I knew him, the Holy Spirit used William to transform my life. I spoke at his funeral in Booneville, Mississippi last weekend. William’s life was one of being the prodigal (Luke 15:11-32) the one who did his share of going astray, and being the son of God claimed and called to repentance by his Lord. There was a stage in his life when he was clearly the one Jesus was in hot pursuit of. There also came a time that William let his Lord catch up and he gave up all he had to follow his Lord.

I hope to see you Sunday.

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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