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For Wednesday evening services, the Lord has lead me to do a Bible study for practical Bible verses in Luke. Please come back to these Bible lessons in order to review them and learn them. Whenever we have learned the meaning of Bible verses and think about them throughout each day, we will be in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Not only that, but when we are in a situation in our daily lives and are tempted to sin, we can think back to what we have learned from the Bible and say to ourselves, "The Bible says to not do what I am tempted to say, think, do, and/or desire right now, so I am going to refuse to give in to this temptation." This is what Romans 12:2 means, and it says, "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." This is also the pattern that Jesus used when the devil tempted Him to sin in Matthew 4:1-11.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO LUKE
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57And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 58And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. 59And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Jesus met with three possible followers in Luke 9:57–62, and they weren’t willing to live the type of lifestyles He was calling them to live. The first man wasn’t willing to be without a home and follow Jesus. The second man wanted to wait until his father had passed away before he began to follow Jesus and preach the kingdom of God to others. The final man didn’t want to completely leave his old lifestyle, and Jesus knew he would serve others but would turn back. As a result, all three men turned back and gave up their opportunity to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Jesus doesn't call all of us to become homeless in order to follow Him, but He does expect us to begin following Him after we accept Him as our Savior. The men in these verses would have more than likely prayed a prayer to believe in Jesus (like many do today), but they weren't willing to begin following Jesus (live a lifestyle similar to the one explained in chapter 39 of this book - www.areyousureyouaresaved.com) after they accepted Him as their Savior. As a result, they turned away from Jesus and gave up their chance to become Christians.
It does seem, however, that these men had become Christians, because they called Jesus 'Lord' and recognized that He was worthy to be followed. Although, these men had the same kind of faith of those in John 2:23-26, “Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man." This means many believed in Jesus because of the miracles He performed, but He knew they weren't willing to be "committed" to Him and become His disciples. These people just believed with their minds, and they weren't willing to spend their time telling people how to become Christians and/or doing other things to help others, and when they weren’t doing that, spend the rest of their time thinking and talking like Jesus. As a result, they didn't become Christians.
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