Revised: Encounters with Jesus – Part 3 – Excuses

Today, we’re finishing our series (revised). In this series, we see Jesus’ story intersects other’s stories, and when that happens, something truly remarkable happens. Jesus revises our story and makes something unbelievably amazing happen.

It is all about priorities. In order for God to change your life, He has to be first in your life. If you’re going to follow Jesus and have that big story, He has to be big—that is—He has to be first in your life. We’re going to look at three people who met Jesus—three guys we don’t even know their names—who walked away from Jesus, because they weren’t willing to put Jesus first. Jesus wanted to make their stories worth something. Jesus wanted to make their stories big, but each of these three people walked away from Jesus because they weren’t willing to make Him a priority.

Jesus doesn’t want to be an addendum to your life. Jesus wants to be our life. God wants to be our first and foremost priority in your life. He doesn’t want to be in it after you finished whatever you have to finish. He wants it before you start anything new. God wants to have first place.

Big Idea: If God is going to make your story big, you’re going to have to make Him big in your story.

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“I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
John 10:10 (Message)

As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”
He said to another person, “Come, follow me.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.” Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” ~ Luke 9:57-62 (NLT)

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

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