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The Rev. William Klock: “Fit for the Kingdom of God” (Luke 9:51-62)

September 27, 2014

In the message Fit for the Kingdom of God, based on Luke 9:51-62, Fr. Bill Klock of Living Word REC in British Columbia has a great paragraph on what following Jesus really means:

Brothers and sisters, what Jesus is telling us is that following him is more than simply being obedient to a new set of rules.  To follow Jesus is to completely reorient our lives around him.  It’s to give up our worldly loyalties and our worldly allegiances—to possessions, to friends, to family, to country—to pledge first and foremost to follow Jesus.  Our most basic creed as his people is that Jesus is Lord.  He speaks; we obey and follow.  And we witness his lordship not only as we follow his lead, but as we live in faith, trusting that he has and will look after us just as he has promised.  We follow him knowing that our hope is an eternal hope and so we follow even when he leads us through the dark valleys, even when he leads us to rejection, and even when he leads us to death.  We follow in faith because, brothers and sisters, he has gone there before us.  For our sake he was rejected by men, he was crucified, and for us he rose from death and ascended to heaven.  As St. Paul puts it, Jesus’ resurrection is the firstfruits of our own—of all those who belong to him.  And so I urge you this morning to think of your own faith and to consider the path you’ve taken in following Jesus.  What are you holding back?  What are you afraid to release control of and to give to him?  What things in your life, what people, what priorities still compete with loyalty and allegiance to Jesus?  And how much of your time is spent looking back.  Again, are you fit for the kingdom of God?  The good news is that there’s no shame and no reason to dwell on our past failures.  Jesus came not to condemn, but to redeem.  He is the one who fills us with his Spirit, renews our minds, and regenerates our hearts.  He is the one who has washed us clean in Holy Baptism and he’s the one who strengthens us by feeding us his very self in Holy Communion.  He is the one who makes us fit for the kingdom.  He calls, he strengthens and equips.  As he set his face to go up to Jerusalem for our sake, let us set our faces to follow him.

True discipleship is a challenge, but it is also freeing, because it places all hope in the hands of One who is eternally able to save – and eternally able to keep His promises.  If you’d like to listen to this sermon, you can do so below.

 

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