Thursday 28 November, 2019

Luke 14:25-35

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. 28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ 31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. 34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Jesus said, “Those of you who do not give up everything you have, cannot be my disciples.”

He really said that. Right there in Luke 14:33

Maybe he will progressively help me reach a level of spiritual maturity where I am more able to gradually give up everything I have? Maybe?

But here in the text, he makes it plain that his expectation is not only that I give up everything. He wants me to first count this cost, plan it ahead and decide. And this is even before I commit to following him!

Back in Luke 9:57-62, there are 3 examples of how Jesus deals with people who struggle to fully commit to the cost of following Him. He shows one man that he will need to give up his home and his bed, another he calls to give up on his freedom to take time in mourning, and another he calls to give up on his desire to look after his family.

Lord, I do want to be your disciple, and I lay myself down before you now. Everything I have is yours, for your kingdom’s purpose.

Written by Ps. Justin Ware

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