In Luke 14:28-33, Jesus draws some comparisons between common decisions people make in every-day life and the decision to be a disciple that follows Him. Here are the human illustrations:
· Building a tower requires first sitting down and counting the cost.
· A king going to war against another king – how large an army will he need to succeed?
Then Jesus makes this profound statement: “So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). Notice the word “renounce” which means “giving up, setting aside everything or to part with” all my possessions. What does this really mean?
We know from many Scriptures that Jesus was not saying that possessions could not be part of the Christian’s life, but I must release my right to control them and myself to Him, my Lord and Teacher. The disciple surrenders everything he is and has to be under Jesus’ control.
William Barclay tells the story of someone talking to a great scholar about a younger man. He said, “So and so tells me that he was one of your students.” The teacher answered, “He may have attended my lectures, but he was not one of my students.” There is a world of difference between attending lectures and being a student. It is one of the supreme handicaps of the Church. There are so many distant followers of Jesus and so few real disciples.”
We must not confuse attending church services or Bible studies with being a true disciple who has “renounced” everything for obedience to Jesus. Will you bow in surrender to His loving authority?
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