Please read Luke 9:57-62 and notice that there is no doubt that this text is dealing with the subject of unconditional Christianity! Notice in verse 57 “A certain man said unto Him, Lord I will follow Thee withers ever thou goest.” In verse 58 Jesus answers giving the man a glimpse of the hardship or sacrifice of following Christ. Then in verse 59, Jesus tells another, “follow Me” and he answers, “Suffer me first to go and bury my father.” That is a conditional response to a command of Christ. Jesus answers in verse 60, “Let the dead bury their dead.” How can dead people bury dead people? The answer is “Let spiritually dead people bury physically dead people.” It is obvious that the young man’s dad is not dead yet, but he is saying he wants to stay around until he dies and then he will follow Christ. Again, this is a conditional response to a command of Christ. Then is verse 61, another one said, “Lord, I will follow Thee; but let me first go and bid them farewell…” This is another conditional response to a command of Christ.
Look at Luke 14:16-20 and notice verse 16 a “Great supper” is prepared and in verse 17 an invitation is given “come” but in verse 18, “And they all with one consent began to make excuse…” A conditional response to a command of Christ. “I have bought a piece of ground…” said one. Another said, “I have bought 5 yoke of oxen…” Another said, “I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.” All these are conditional responses to a command of Christ. We are living in the “age of excuses.” I hear them all the time. Notice in verse 21, “The master of the house being angry…”
Please look at John 15:15-22 and notice in verse 22 “a cloke” meaning an excuse or a pretense. In John 21:15-19 and verse 15, Jesus asked “Lovest Me more than these?” Now, Peter got up this fishing trip and we are told that they caught 153 fish. Jesus is implying that Peter put more value on the 153 fish than following Christ. Three times Jesus asked the same question basically and followed with a command. That was like asking Peter, “Peter, do you think this is a good excuse?”
The Christian life is to be lived without preconditions. HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW DIFFERENT SOME PEOPLE’S LIVES WOULD BE IF THEY GOT PAID TO LIVE FAITHFUL, GODLY, DEDICATED AND SEPARATED LIVES? Isn’t it sad that some Christian folks will go to work faithfully because they get paid, but are not faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ because their Christian lives, unlike their everyday lives, are conditional?
May I give some advice?
1. Do not put any time conditions on the Lord. “I will now, not when…”
2. Do not put any place conditions on the Lord. “I will anywhere, not just my preferred places…”
3. Do not put any thing conditions on the Lord. “I will when I get a better job, when I have a family, a wife, a husband, etc.”
4. Do not put any cost conditions on the Lord. “I will when I get the money after I pay for all the extras I want…”
GOD’S ENABLEMENT COVERS TIME, PLACE, THINGS, AND COST. Phil. 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
We can live unconditional Christian lives for God’s glory. May God bless you true Christian as you live your life without precondition.