Barriers to Following Jesus: Priorities

Barriers to Following Jesus: Priorities


During the last several weeks, I have reminded you of what Jesus said in Luke 14. Three times the Lord Jesus said “cannot be my disciple,” and in so doing reveals barriers that keep us from following Him!

  • People
  • Priorities
  • Possessions

We have already seen (in a previous post) that the people we love most make it difficult to follow Christ.  We have also seen that we must deny self and put its sinful desires to death, so that we can follow Him.

Notice what Jesus said in Luke 14:27:

Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.

Consider the phrase “does not bear his own cross.” This phrase means to identify with the Lord Jesus in His death and in His life!

To shoulder the cross means to first of all identify with Christ in His death.  In turn, to follow Christ will require sacrifice, suffering, and self-denial. He shares the parables about the workman and the warrior (Luke 14: 28-32) to encourage believers to “count the cost”.

As A.W. Tozer says, “So many [people] want to enjoy the thrill of feeling right without enduring the inconveniences of being right.”  So many today want nothing to do with a gospel that will cost them!

We also identify with Jesus in His life. We become passionate about what he is passionate about. As we grow, His priorities become our priorities.

During His earthly ministry, Jesus was passionate about His relationship with the Father, the word of God, and the lost. Ultimately, He was focused on things that are eternal!

If you would truly follow Christ, you should live a life of priority investing in:

  • God
  • His Word
  • The souls of Men

What about you? Do temporal things hinder you from following Jesus?
If so, what are they?

Next week, I will be discussing the topic of possessions. Don’t miss it!

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Tim Lafleur served as the campus minister for 20 years at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. He pastored various sized churches for 30 years, many even while at Nicholls. Tim was the Disciplemaking pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church for 4 years. He assisted in expanding the discipleship ministry from 12 the first year to over 1200 in 2015. He currently serves as the Equipping Pastor at Long Hollow Baptist Church to equip and empower members to do ministry. Tim is married to Chris LaFleur and has a four wonderful children, and ten amazing grandchildren (making holidays very fun exciting)! Tim enjoys reading books by John Piper, and pastor Robby Gallaty. His hobbies include watching the LSU tigers play or going fishing for the day. Brother Tim lives to be obedient to the call of God, and is reminded of God’s strength through his favorite passage of scripture, Colossians 1:28-29.