“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.Luke 14:26-27, 33 (NKJV)
This passage is not very well received these days. I fear that in our attempt to make Christianity palatable to the masses, we omit the cost of following Jesus. In some ways it’s extremely easy to follow Jesus, yet in other ways there is no denying the extreme cost of discipleship. Jesus’ words ” . . . cannot be My disciple” must not be glossed over. They are powerful and call folks out of mediocrity. There is the call to “forsake” everything to be a Christ follower.
I’m sure, you like me could think of any number of people who “need” to hear this word. But, since I’m the one reading this passage and hearing (or comprehending) what Jesus is saying, this word is a reminder/warning to me that following Jesus will cost me everything.
Father, thank you for the word that You are speaking to me today. It is necessary for me to be reminded that there is a cost to discipleship. Help me to never take my relationship with You for granted. I need you more now then I have ever needed you before. I still choose to answer the call of discipleship and I am willing to forsake all to be your disciple.