Reckless Abandon – Following Jesus Through the Gospels – The When (3)

Matthew 9:9                                                                                         Pastor Todd Harker

June 24, 2018

Scripture Emphasis:

Matt 9:9 “As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.”

When we follow the Lord, it has a way of transforming us into something for His use.  For instance, a young man sent to check on his brothers turns out to save the world from certain death.  Or, a young Pharisee on his way to imprison members of “The Way” becomes the Apostle to the Gentiles.  He transformed Joseph and Paul and He will do it for you as well WHEN you choose to follow Jesus.

  1. It comes with a _COST_____ – Matt. 4:18-22
  • Our _PRIORITIES__ and relationships change
  1. It invites an _IMMEDIATE___ response – Matt. 9:9
  • Any _HESITANCY__ to follow leads to lost days
  1. It means leaving the NORMAL pursuits in life for the _GREATER___ pursuits for eternity – Mark 1:16-20
  • It means leaving something _GOOD_ for something _BETTER__
  1. It is an opportunity to _________ through _________ – Mark 8:34-38
  • “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose” – Jim Elliot
  1. It makes Jesus the supreme _____________ in my life – Luke 5:27-28
  • What we view as _______________ becomes smaller than we think
  1. It is not something we can pick up and lay down at ______________ – Luke 9:57-62
  • It is a changed _________________ for the glory of God