Luke 14:26, 33 – “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
This seems harsh for our Lord to say that if someone wants to be a disciple, they must hate the ones they love the most. With a requirement like this, it seems that there would be very few disciples today. But is Christ really teaching hate?
Even a brief survey of the gospels will quickly reveal that Christ taught love for all those around us including our enemies, and especially those who are lost and dying.
With that said, what is our Lord telling us here? I believe that the answer can be compared to driving down a highway at 55 mph and suddenly being passed by someone going 120 mph. If this happened to you and I, we would say, “They passed me like I was standing still.” Now in reality, we were not standing still, but by comparison it seemed that way. What Christ is saying is that our love for our family should pale in comparison to our love for Him.
Putting Christ first in our lives is certainly not an easy proposition, but this is a requirement for discipleship. Allow me to make one thing clear, this is not a requirement for salvation. However, let me repeat that this is essential for discipleship. Discipleship may not be a bed of roses. It will cost time, commitment and require discipline, but I believe that the fellowship, peace, power, and rewards that await us in Heaven are more than worth it!
My Reaction: This world needs disciples not “weekend warriors” who do little besides attend Church on the occasional Sunday.
Prayer For The Day: “Dear Lord, give me a hunger to become a disciple. Grant me the grace to pay the price, and reap the benefits.”