Week 29, Day 1
Week 29, Day 1
July 18, 2022
Scripture: Luke 14
“In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” (Luke 14:33)
Last I checked, to own and operate a Chick-fil-a, one must sell everything, and invest completely in owning the franchise. No side gigs, side investments, one must be all-in with the franchise.
This may seem like an extreme position to take, but it is what has built on the customer service success of every franchise. When you go, you can guarantee that you will be treated well, that the food will be excellent, and the customer service goes above and beyond other restaurants.
When all the eggs are in one basket, you do all you can to protect the basket.
As one must be all-in to own the Chick-fil-a franchise, it is comparable to what is happening when Jesus calls us to follow him. While it seems extreme for us to “hate” our family and sell everything, this is about the seeking first of the kingdom of God. Divided loyalties to king Jesus just won’t work.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s sermon, there can be only one priority in our life. To have more than one priority undermines the meaning of the word. Above all else, Christ is first. That is what this is about. Jesus Christ is our priority.
All our eggs are in the kingdom basket, so to speak. We are all in on the Jesus chicken. Sell it all.
Love him above all else.
All-in with Jesus, what might change? If all our eggs are in the kingdom basket, how might we care for church family? If our investment was the kingdom – only - what might change in our attitudes, behaviors and conduct?
Something to think and pray about. Maybe grab a chicken sandwich today too.
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.