August 30, 2020
We all have seen crazy job descriptions in our lifetimes. Perhaps we are used to seeing them more when we had newspapers, but I guarantee you that they are readily available online. I saw one that asked for “15 energetic people” to replace “15 lazy people.” What happened in that office? Some offered “hard hours, poor pay and survival is not guaranteed” Signed me up! Yet, Jesus was not afraid to set a high bar to separate the crowd from the disciples. The crowd was happy to follow Jesus. Jesus asked nothing from the crowd, but to be a disciple was a deeper commitment that included making Jesus the most important priority in our lives. Are you willing?
Tell us about your most interesting experience in a job interview.
What do you think is the main difference between a member of the crowd and a disciple? Why would Jesus see the need to create this boundary between the crowd and the disciples?
How do you think you would have reacted if you were a member of the crowd hearing Jesus’ words for the first time?
Which of the two mini-parables (28-30 or 31-32) speaks to you the most? Why?
What is one step you can take this week that would move you away from the crowd and towards becoming more of a disciple of Christ?