A father and his young son were taking a walk in the country. As they walked down the rough and slippery path, the gather cautioned his son to be careful. Suddenly the son fell and hurt himself. Bruised and in pain, he began to cry. the father picked up the boy and held him close. Amid his tears, the son said to his father, “Daddy, please hold my hand, don’t let me fall again. “Like that child, we’re instructed to cry out to our Father, Don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. ”
Words like temptation, rescue, and the evil one tell us that we live in a dangerous and hostile world. The world is not our friend. It wages a war against us (John 15:19-20, 17:14-15).
There is a second danger too. Demons, the dark enemy behind evil, prowls around like a raring lion- ready to tear us apart. As the prince of demons and ruler of this world. Satan is a liar and father of lies. He’s particularly dangerous because he comes to us disguised as an angel of light.
Satan may be powerful, but he’s not omnipotent. The plea, ” Rescue us from the evil one” affirms that Satan’s power is limited to what God has allowed him to have. The words remind us- we who have been wounded in our battles against temptation and Satan— that God is the only omnipotent One.
God picks up, holds us closes, and rescues us from evil and the evil one. He keeps us from all harm and watches over our life. The Lord keeps watch over us as we come and go. —–K.T. Sim
When world-renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti was a youth, he became the pupil of a professional tenor in Italy. Later, he studied music education in college. Upon graduating, he asked his father, Shall I be a teacher or a singer? “Luciano, “his father replied, “if you try to sit on two chairs, you will fall between them, For life, you must choose one chair.”
In Bible, Jesus presented a similar message to a large crowd of people who were following Him.Hi sermon made it clear that He wanted single-minded commitment. He wanted wanted men and women who had truly counted the cost of discipleship and were prepared to follow Him. So He listed the demands, decisions and distinctiveness of discipleship.
In His message, Jesus gave illustrations of two people who start a project without counting the cost. The consequence of failing to do so include shame and humiliation.
While counting the cost implies that time and thought are required when one considers becoming a disciple of Jesus, no one has the resources to follow Him on his or her own. He gives us what we need to follow Him. Counting the cost, therefore, is not about evaluating whatever we have what it takes to do what He commands; rather, it indicates a real commitment to let got of anything that could come between Jesus and us. We must choose to place Him before family and possessions, and to take up our cross daily. We are then freed to follow Him fully in complete allegiance and dependence.
It’s been said that there are only two ways to take a thing seriously — either reject it or risk everything for it. Discipleship begins by recognizing the high price required and without reserve casting ourselves upon the sustaining grace and strength found in Jesus alone —–Poh Fang Chia