Saturday, January 16, 2010
Counting the Cost of Discipleship
- Luke 14:27-33
It is proper for a potential convert to weigh the consequences of choosing to follow Jesus in a true, life-transforming way. While I do not believe that Jesus here is commanding everyone, or even anyone, to take up the life of a hermit, I certainly do believe that He is warning the potential disciple that he must count all his belongings, position, friends, and family, as disposable, because he may face their actual loss in his new life. While we don't usually face consequences on that level in modern America, discipleship in other countries can result in the destruction or forfeiture of material property, rejection by family, beatings, or even death.