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