April 11: Following, Family, and Sacrifice

Read Luke 14:25-35

This current series is built around the question: “What does it look like to be a follower of Jesus?” We are trying to address the concern that we are, at least at times, guilty of inviting Jesus to follow us as a first-responder in our emergencies or resort coordinator for our comforts. Instead, He is the one leading. We follow Him…sometimes at great cost and to our own discomfort.

Interestingly enough, Jesus makes this statement as large crowds were traveling with Him. It seems that He wanted to clarify what following really meant. In doing so, He made three “cannot be my disciple” statements.

  1. According to verse 26, a person cannot be His disciple without hating family members. Elsewhere, the Scriptures help us to understand the value of family (cf. Eph. 5:22-6:4). In light of that passages like Matthew 10:37 and Luke 16:13 help to understand that He wants to be our supreme love above any other. Does your love for Jesus make all other relationships pale in comparison?
  2. In verse 27, a person cannot be His disciple without taking up his/her cross and following Jesus. The cross is an instrument of death. Those who follow Christ die to self and are alive to God (Rom. 6:1-13). Have you given up your own desires in preference for living for Him?
  3. Finally, verse 33 points out that a person cannot be His disciple unless he/she gives up everything. His followers count the cost of following Jesus and are willing to pay it. As in the parable of the hidden treasure (Matt. 13:44). Upon finding the incredible treasure of life in Christ, His followers find so much joy in Him that no price is too high! Does Christ have that kind of position in your life?

Indeed, there is a price tag attached to following Jesus. In pursuing the Savior, we ascribe greater value to Him than to any other relationship or thing. That is what true disciples do.

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