Jesus was on a mission trip and we are told that “large crowds were traveling with Jesus” (Luke 14:25). As he walked and as he stopped along the way he was telling people how children of God (citizens of heaven on earth) are freed to live. He was teaching his followers how to be his followers. This Sunday’s reading is sandwiched between a story Jesus told about a rich man that missed the daily opportunities he had to live in God’s kingdom and act like a kingdom dweller, and the story of when he healed ten lepers and showed them a sign of God’s kingdom come on earth (healing, restoration and resurrection from death to their former lives). In this week’s gospel Jesus tells us how to walk by faith and serve by faith in our kingdom lives.
Take out your Bible and look up the scripture. Over the next week, we invite you to sit down (by yourself or even better) with your small group, a friend, family member or soul-mate, and (think about) discuss the following questions:
- What might be an example of Jesus’ meaning in verse 1?
- How could you practice verses 3-4 without reinforcing someone’s bad behaviour?
- How might Jesus’ plea (v. 5) relate to Jesus’ statement (vv. 3-4)? What does Jesus’ response (v. 6) really mean?
- What attitudes should Jesus’ followers have in serving him (verses 7-10)?
- Which quality of discipleship do you have the most difficulty with? How might dealing with this affect other qualities?