#33 Discipleship is Abandon
Posted: Sunday, April 9th, 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 ESV
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.
When Jesus spoke this blank requirement, he was a guest of a ruler of the Pharisees. In this social setting, where they are “watching him carefully,” He made no effort to please them, no attempt to appease them.
The Lord made one of His puzzling and shocking statements, seeming to contradict God’s very law. Just in the place where He could gain some approval, He made Himself offensive by His radical demands. It was sure to provoke many to turn away from following Him and give the Pharisees the very ground to seek His death.
Oswald Chambers wrote:
“Jesus Christ is always unyielding to my claim to my right to myself.
“The one essential element in all our Lord’s teaching about discipleship is abandon, no calculation, no trace of self-interest.”