Luke 14: 25 Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
I’ve been doing my best to think of what to post. I find, however, when I stop thinking about it that God just drops it in my lap. That’s how it was this morning. I wasn’t thinking about a blog post. I was just browsing the internet and came across a video that spoke to me about something that had been simmering insdie for quite a while.
The verse in the picture says it all. Let it really sink in. He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me. Even if you love your children more than him, you are not worthy of him. Wow! That’s a mouthful. You’d do anything for your children and your wife/husband. Jesus wants us to love him more than that. In other places he asks us to give up everything.
Yikes! Does that get on your toes like it does mine? He’s not literally meaning for us to hate those we love and hold dear, but our love for him should be so much greater than the love for our family that it can’t compare. We have to bear our cross. If we don’t do these things we CANNOT be his disciples.
It goes on to say that we have to count the cost. What will it cost us to follow him? It could cost us everything. In other countries we have brothers and sisters who are giving their lives to follow Jesus. In our own country, people are losing businesses because of their stand with Jesus. It could cost you everything you have. Are you willing? If it cost you your family would you still follow Jesus? If it cost you your job? If it cost you your life savings? If it cost you EVERYTHING you have, would you still follow him? That’s a heavy price. Guess what though. Jesus doesn’t ask this of us unfairly. He gave up everything for us first. He laid down his life for us. Are we willing to give up ours for him.
Think about this. You are giving yourself to something already. A lot of us would like to think its our family and those we love, but in honesty, it’s probably not. People give themselves to lust, anger, adultery, hatred, self. Self is the biggest. It tends to be our biggest idol. We need to take a look at ourselves and see what we are giving ourselves completely to. If it isn’t Jesus, then we need to prioritize. Yes, the world will not agree. Yes, they may call you radical or crazy, but they thought Jeus was those things. Be radical. Love Jesus. Love people. Give everything to him and watch him use you more than you’ve ever been used. This is my prayer for this new year. I want to be used by him more than ever. I want to help the hurting. I want to feed the hungry. I want to be a friend to the friendless. I want Jesus to shine in me more than anything else, so that when people see me they don’t see Jase, they see Jesus.