QT – Luke 14

Vs. 1, “One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.”  Eating was a huge part of the Jewish culture and it would also later become a part of the early church life in Acts.  I love the Korean tradition of eating lunch @ church together.  Anyways…eating was a sign of friendship and comittment…yet Jesus was grieved as He witnessed a man with dropsy (swollen limbs) and many of the guests not caring about it.  Jesus would use this as a springboard to rebuke those who tried to trap Him on the Sabbath and to exhort all of us about the true feast that is awaiting us.  This feast/Wedding banquet is one that God has written and sent to everyone of those He has created in His image.  One of the great things about Heaven is how great the food will be!
Regarding application…Paying The Price.  Vs. 27, “And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”  Salvation is a debt already paid…but to bear the Jesus’ name in this life (disciple), we too must be willing to carry the cross.  To live this life for the Lord is being willing to be persecuted, to give up our own desires, to serve Him and others…not ourselves.  Jesus is building His church and we are the material.  When I went to Korean in the summer of 2008, I was reminded of the requirement for all males to serve in the army for two years.  This is not a knock on the Korean army system…but the reality is…many of these young soldiers never aspired to be in the army.  Compare that to the voluntary army we have in America…where we choose to pay the price.  God does not force us to be in His army, but when we bear His name…we must be willing to pay the price just like any soldier…and we must do it willingly.  Question: Are you willing to pay the price?