25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus. He turned and spoke to them. He said, 26 “Anyone who comes to me must hate their father and mother. They must hate their wife and children. They must hate their brothers and sisters. And they must hate even their own life. Unless they do this, they can’t be my disciple. 27 Whoever doesn’t carry their cross and follow me can’t be my disciple. 28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you sit down first and figure out how much it will cost? Then you will see whether you have enough money to finish it. 29 Suppose you start building and are not able to finish. Then everyone who sees what you have done will laugh at you. 30 They will say, ‘This person started to build but wasn’t able to finish.’ 31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. And suppose he has 10,000 men, while the other has 20,000 coming against him. Won’t he first sit down and think about whether he can win? 32 And suppose he decides he can’t win. Then he will send some men to ask how peace can be made. He will do this while the other king is still far away. 33 In the same way, you must give up everything you have. Those of you who don’t cannot be my disciple. 34 “Salt is good. But suppose it loses its saltiness. How can it be made salty again? 35 It is not good for the soil. And it is not good for the trash pile. It will be thrown out. “Whoever has ears should listen.”
What a timely reminder this passage is of the commitment and cost of being a disciple of Jesus. In life there are so many things that compete for our time, money, resources, and heart – work, career, family, friends, technology, entertainment, ambition… The list goes on! I don’t believe that any of these things are inherently sinful or wrong, but at the end of the day, do I want to be a disciple of any of these things? No!
Let it not be said of me that these are the things I pursue above all else. In fact, the pursuit of Jesus Christ and becoming more like Him is the only pursuit that I know of that is worth giving ones life for. Taking up a cross to follow Jesus may sound daunting and difficult – in all reality it is no easy task – yet without doubt being a disciple of Jesus is the only way to find real fulfilment in this life. Regardless of the cost, may this be my choice each and every day!
Lord, thank you that you are so worthy of our lives. Help us to choose to follow you each day, to put you first that we may become more like you. Amen.
Written by Madelaine Tarasenko