Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
Luke 14:25-27 NASB
The cost of following Christ is complete…
This past week (and many other weeks) we have gathered in our life groups and discussed the true cost of following Jesus. I really want all of the people who attend the POINT to consider this statement. As we discussed in our groups it is easy to flippantly say that following Christ cost us everything. The problem with this simple statement is that we often totally neglect to live a surrendered life.
The first point that we discussed in our dialogue was that the cost of following Christ is complete. I want us to unpack that this morning and discuss what this statement means so hopefully we can apply this principle to our lives.
We have to realize this completeness…
All of our relationships and the stuff that we have and even the things that we like to do many times affect our relationships with Jesus. If we allow any of these things to get between us and The Lord…they are wrong.
So we must evaluate our lives and if we find there is something or someone that you are hanging onto…that is keeping you from a real and sold out relationship with Jesus…it is wrong. Everything in the believers life should pale in comparison to our relationship with Christ.
Please do not misunderstand me. It is not wrong to have nice things…what makes these things or relationships wrong is when they come before our relationship with Christ. This is where we must daily evaluate our relationship with Him.
It cost us everything to follow Him!
So what does it take…it takes a person who is willing to give up whatever and completely surrender to Him!
The Cost of following Jesus is complete…it is total…it cost everything
Jesus is telling us that unless we are willing to forsake everything that is near and dear to us…we cannot be a disciple! When it comes to personal evangelism I have to be honest with you. This is a difficult passage of scripture…face it, it is difficult passage for believers. We make it difficult because of our immature attitude towards His lordship over our lives.
What we must totally understand here is that the word HATE mentioned in verse 26 was not an absolute…but a relative term. In the day that Dr. Luke was writing this text, he realized that to neglect social customs pertaining to family loyalties would probably have been interpreted as hate in that day.
So Jesus is not contradicting the 5th commandment…He is not contradicting the scripture that tells us multiple times to Love our neighbors…as ourselves. Jesus is telling us that by truly following Him, means that we have to make Him and His interest first and foremost in our lives.
He has to be our top priority.
Jesus is saying that true discipleship requires a commitment that is made…When we make this commitment there is an understanding of the personal cost involved…it may be relationships…it may be stuff…
The cost of following Jesus is complete…
I love you all