#16 The IF of Discipleship
Posted: Thursday, March 23rd, 2017Print
About The Mystery of Discipleship Series
Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.
Luke 14:26 NIV
If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes even his own life—he cannot be My disciple.
This verse does not bear the imperative of a command. It is laid out as an option. The great “IF” at the beginning means this must be a conscious decision out of a chosen preference for the Lord. This is purely choice…you do not have to obey this to be a Christian. We are saved by grace alone. But discipleship is the ultimate pathway, the highest calling, and it is yours and mine to embrace if we desire.
Remember that the previous parable reveals that ALL believers are invited. This is not a private club, an exclusive group especially chosen. It is an offer which any believer may refuse and any believer may embrace.
The disciples stood in an entirely different relationship to Jesus than followers, and those who called themselves disciples.
The disciples alone were privy to the secrets of Jesus. The disciples could ask any question of Him and receive an answer. The disciples lived with Him, day and night. They saw Him live, pray, heal and teach. Some had the privilege of dinner with Him once but the disciples had every meal with Him for three years! They “beheld His glory” firsthand.
The disciple knows the Lord intimately – “firsthand” – knows His mind, His direction, His meaning, His Kingdom secrets.
10. The disciples came to Him and asked, “Why do You speak to the people in parables?”
11. He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
16. How blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”