Disciples

Luke 14:26 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.
Why was Jesus so radical? You would rarely hear any of His followers today say anything quite so extreme. What is he talking about? Could it have something to do with our fallen nature and our perverted look at what really matters in life? Here are Andrew Murray’s thoughts on this verse.
“Christ says that no one can be His disciple unless He relinquishes His own life and His possessions. Why such a demanding condition for discipleship? The reason is that the fallen nature in Adam is so revolting and sinful that we would flee from it if we saw it in its naked ghastliness. The sinful nature is enmity towards God, and the person that seeks God cannot but hate this corrupt nature. The discarding of our old life will make us willing to take up our cross. We will carry about with us the death sentence of the sinful nature, together with its discarding. We will first have to acknowledge how revolting the old nature is before we will be willing to let it die. Christ has also said that no one can be His disciple unless he is prepared to give away all his possessions.”
What exactly would be so valuable that would cause us to walk away from everything we hold so dear in this life? Jesus called it the treasure in a field or the pearl of great price. He said that if someone discovered the treasure of heaven and the pleasures connected to it there would be no question. We would gladly walk away from the things that are important to us in this life for the greater treasure and pleasure found in Christ Himself. Here is how Paul the apostle describes this choice.
Phil. 3:8,10 “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ…that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death”
So maybe the reason Jesus sounded so radical is because we hadn’t tasted the fullness of what He offers. When we do, the choice is easy.

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