#71 The Cost of the Conflict
Posted: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017Print
About The Mystery of Discipleship Series
Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.
There are volumes that could be written about discipleship. The Lord seems to be focused this morning on warfare. Let’s go back to the scripture we have been addressing on the cost of the conflict:
Luke 14:31-33 AMPC
Or what king going out to engage in conflict with another king, will not first sit down and consider and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand [men] to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
And if he cannot [do so], when the other king is still a great way off, he sends an envoy and asks the terms of peace.
So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple.
The first parable of discipleship is about the building of the Church. Warfare is against that investment in Christ’s Body. Satan wants the centrality and the worship that belongs to our Lord Jesus, so his most vicious attack will be in the place and in the lives of disciples who are devoted to the Church. Slander, discouragement, misunderstanding, accusation, criticism, division—these are some of the diabolical plans of the enemy to discredit disciples and destroy the building of saints into union, a structure which can manifest Christ.
Paul’s suffering included actual physical sufferings: beatings, sickness, near drownings. He was often blocked by Satan and said so. He was persecuted, hounded, imprisoned.
Paul seldom described the conflicts of his warfare, but when he did, he wrote in triumph.