For five-weeks at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, we were in our series Untold. That series came to an end last week, and next Sunday we will be away on our Day of Retreat. So this past Sunday, we took time to count the costs of following Jesus, by exploring through the three short stories from Matthew 8:18-27.
Quaker Elton Trueblood once said, “Perhaps it is only fair to say that I am a life-long member of the Religious Society of Friends. Though I value this heritage, it has been my intention never to let it cut me off from the life of the Church Universal.”
In other words, Elton never desires to love anything more than Jesus.
Philosopher and Theologian Samuel Taylor Coleridge goes on, “He, who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own Sect or Church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.”
It’s dangerous to love anything more than Jesus. In Matthew 8:18-27, we see three short stories that tell us that to follow Jesus, we must count the cost. Those costs include learning to love Jesus more than our comfort, our family, and even our very life.
It is in those three stories that we realize what the Interpreter’s Bible Commentary professes, “But true discipleship is at the cost of disciplines and hardships.”
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