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Why is it so hard to disciple adults?

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Thomas Hobbes said, “Life is nasty, brutish, and short.” When we’re born, this is what we’re up against. So early on we begin the quest to minimize pain and maximize pleasure. And we gather around ourselves a nest of things which aid us in our nest quest: cars, houses, credit cards, service …
By Seth Barnes

Thomas Hobbes said, “Life is nasty, brutish, and
short.” When we’re born, this is what
we’re up against. So early on we begin
the quest to minimize pain and maximize pleasure. And we gather around ourselves a nest of
things which aid us in our nest quest: cars, houses, credit cards, service
contracts, clubs, toys and the like. To
support our quest, we make commitments: mortgages, jobs, insurance policies and
so forth.

So when Jesus comes along and says things about nests it
gives a would-be disciple pause:

“Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the
Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” (Luke 9-58).

He went on from there and said some other things
on the same theme:

“Let the dead bury their dead, but you go and proclaim the
kingdom.” (Luke 9:60)

“A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his
possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or your
body, what you will wear.” (Luke 12:22)

“Sell your possessions and give to the poor.” (Luke 12:32)

“Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be
my disciple.” (Luke 14:33)

“No servant can serve two masters. You cannot serve God and money.” (Luke 15:13)

The reason it’s so hard to disciple adults is that we adults
have got so much to abandon. Our comfort
zones are so big. We want to serve two masters and we’re caught in a no-man’s
land wanting to take care of just a few more obligations before we can
radically follow our Master. It’s no
coincidence Jesus called out mostly young people. Just look at how comfortable
you’ve made your own nest. How difficult
would it be to leave it?

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