“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.” – Luke 14:33
No way Jesus said that…but, He did.
Isn’t this the guy who said, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
It’s almost as if He was trying to talk people out of following him. But, what if He was??? What if Jesus was trying to do exactly that…trying to convince people to not to be His disciple???
This verse has hit me like a ton of bricks lately. It has rocked my world…completely.
Give up everything – what does that mean?
And earlier He says, “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.”
To use the buzzword of the day – this is radical living.
So, going back to the question posed earlier: Did Jesus really say that?
He did…but why?
One word: LIFE.
Yes, life. It’s the great paradox of Scripture. The one that causes even the most skeptical to stumble. Why would any man give up everything?
Because that man wants LIFE.
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” Matthew 10:39
No, it’s not the life that is being preached on tv. Nor is it the life where hundreds of reporters will stand outside the hospital awaiting the birth of your newborn baby. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. It’s humility, never getting noticed for anything.
What does this mean? Giving up everything? Does it mean that we should sell everything and go serve Him. Possibly.
I do know that it doesn’t mean that you should just sit there and do nothing. It doesn’t mean that you should just go along continually living in your self-gratifying comfort zone.
Jesus calls us to give up everything to simply follow Him.
What are you doing in your life to follow Him? I bet you can do more, or better yet, you should do everything – that’s what Jesus says.