What's In Our Name II (Luke 14:25-35)Ken Miller, June 30, 2013
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Our church name, Pilgrim Christian Church, was chosen with thoughtful intent years ago when the group of believers
started meeting together regularly. There was fervent singing, testimonies of God's working, and humble confessions.
The word “Christian” has varied meanings today. In the time of the early church, it referred to a disciple of Christ. Jesus
gave directives for His followers, and He had some hard teachings for those who desired to follow Him. In Luke 14:25-35,
we find His words: “If a man comes to Me, and doesn't hate … he cannot be My disciple.” This supreme loyalty to Jesus
supercedes all other relationships. It includes my “own life also.” Putting Jesus's interests ahead of my own is hard, but it
is the way of the Christian.
To be a Christian in the early church meant being willing to suffer for Christ. We shy away from things that make us
uncomfortable, but our personal comfort is not to be considered when we follow Christ in suffering. Do not seek the
easy life. We must be willing to embrace suffering for His sake, or we cannot be His disciple.
Jesus calls us to surrender all we are and all we have in order to be His followers. It takes honest assessment of our
resources and assets. A good exercise is to make a list of all I have, tangible or intangible. Take each item on the list and
consciously surrender it to Christ. To hold back on anything is to take my own way. Surrender means all or none. Total
surrender is the only option in order to be a Christian. 2
The call to follow Christ is for all; the way is hard, but Jesus enables us by His grace to follow Him. Forsake all. Embrace
suffering. Surrender all to Him. And life and peace and rest you will find! That is what it means to be a Christian.