“Now great crowds accompanied Him [Jesus], and He turned and said to them, “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” (Luke 14:25–27).
Let’s unpack this statement so we can take away from these verses the meaning as it applies to our lives today.
· Those in the crowd were not Jesus’ disciples, but He clarifies the requirement for a disciple.
· Coming to Jesus means becoming a disciple, a follower and learner.
· A disciple places every loyalty in the world second to our commitment to Jesus.
· This description of loyalty makes love for all human relationships (even those that are God-given) seem as hate in comparison to our love for Jesus. He alone is supreme in our love!
· Perhaps the greater test is whether we hate our lives in comparison to our love for Jesus.
· If we cannot pass both tests, WE CANNOT BE JESUS’ DISCIPLE!
The priority of love is hard for us to face. It is not a matter of having divided loyalties, but when Jesus is our supreme love, every other love in a proper relationship will take character and quality from our love for Jesus. THIS IS THE MEANING OF A TRUE DISCIPLE.