I want us to look in Luke 14:25-30. The authors of scripture named this: The Cost of being a Disciple.
If I was in charge of naming it, my title would have been: YIKES
25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
There is no passivity in this scripture. You can’t just accidentally follow Jesus.
In this parable in Luke- He is recording Jesus saying:
Don’t begin discipleship without understanding the high cost of faithfulness. It’s going to cost you something. In fact, if you’re doing it right, it’s going to cost you EVERYTHING.
Let’s unpack this scripture a bit: First Jesus says- if you don’t HATE your mother, wife, children, even your own life you can’t be my disciple.
God says to love everybody, love my neighbor, love my family, love my enemies even. What could this even mean?
The word “hate” is colorful language, written in a parable, to describe how much less we are committed to other people than we are committed to Christ.
If you are a disciple of Christ He needs to be so far above in priority than anyone else in the whole world. He must be better than anything you love. He must supersede even your deepest affections.
You might have a really great mom, and you just love her to pieces, but in comparison it’s like your very best love for someone else is measly. Your commitment, your priority to love and serve anyone else seems so much smaller than your love for Jesus, it can be classified as almost the opposite of love (which is hate.)
Christ can never be added as an after thought of an already full and busy life. There is one place that God will not accept: second place.
The cost of being a disciple requires Christ in first place. We must commit to the cost.
Who gets the priority of time in your life? Who gets the priority of finances in your life? Who gets the say? Who dictates your days? Who’s opinion do you hold in the highest regard?