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Your Story Really Matters

Tony MylesMarch 21, 2021

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Passage: Luke 9:57-62

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Follow Along

Pastor Tony Myles


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What did Jesus have to say to ordinary people like us?

What did He do in people’s lives?


A Tale of Three Followers (Luke 9:57-62)

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.”


  • We tend to overlook how often momentum attracts .
  • Observe… Jesus is kicking at “ ” religion.
    • Our awareness is .
      • But Jesus will .
    • Our sacrifice is .
      • But Jesus inspires us .
    • Our agreement is .
      • But Jesus keeps .
    • Our orientation is .
      • But Jesus invites us .

 When in doubt, Hebrews 12:1-3 clarifies to “.”


Where Are They Now? (Luke 8:4-15, The Message)*


  • The Road (aka )
    • It’s the difference between exposure and .
    • Try this: Be “” in everything. (Philippians 4:8-9)
  • The Rocks (aka )
    • It’s the difference between surviving and .
    • Try this: Be  by Jesus. (John 7:37-39)
  • The Weeds (aka )
    • It’s the difference between accommodation and .
    • Try this: Be  in your labeling. (Matthew 13:24-30)
  • The Soil (aka )
    • It’s the difference between mentorship and .
    • Try this: Be encouraged by the . (Exodus 20:6) 

* Note: In all four options, the ­ were always .


Your story really does matter to Jesus:

  • There is real hope in the  of Jesus Christ.
  • “Begin with the  in mind.” (Steven Covey)
  • Jesus invites you to follow Him .


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