The following 4 points are not original to me. They were preached by Curtis Hutson in a message entitle “Building and Battling.” Dr. Hutson was preaching out of Luke 14:26-32 about a man who is going to build and battle for God. This post will focus on his thoughts on verse 27, “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.”
His prefacing thought was that you can commit suicide a lot of ways, but you cannot crucify yourself (when you drive one nail in to one hand, how do you get the other hand nailed?). The Christian, then, is not obligated to re-crucify himself every day. He is already crucified with Christ, so he just needs to reckon it so.
1. A crucified man looks only in one direction. He can’t look in any other direction. It is impossible for him to look back. Concentration and focus are crucial for us to learn. Paul said, “This one thing I do…” God wants us to focus on His will and His plan and His desires. Nothing matters but what God has called you to do, so focus on it. Don’t keep trying to look back on what could have been or might have been.
2. A crucified man holds on to nothing. His hands are pierced by the nails, he can’t hold on to anything. He turns loose of everything for God. Stop holding on to things you think will bring you security, and trust God. It’s a little thing called faith. You can trust God, but do you?
3. A crucified man has no further plans of his own. He has absolutely no plans beyond the cross. Give God the absolute and singular right to make the plans for your life. Let God lead you, and you will not be sorry. He knows what’s best for you.
4. A crucified is not coming back. That’s the end of him. You need to come to a place of surrender where you leave yourself behind permanently, and never come back for you ways, your plans, your desires, and your ambitions. George Mueller was once asked, “What’s the secret to your spiritual success?” He responded, “There was a day when George Mueller died.” Surrender your claim to everything you have. It’s not your car, it’s God’s car. They’re not your friends, they’re God’s friends. It’s not your money, it’s God’s money. Any time you want to get back in the flesh, remember that you can’t because you’re already dead!
There’s no telling what God can do with a crucified man. But you have to get serious about your surrender, and reckon yourself truly crucified.
If you want to hear the entire message, go to http://oldpathsermons.com/allspeakers.php?spid=31 and look for “Building and Battling.”