#5 Discipleship Requires a Transformation of Thinking
Posted: Sunday, March 12th, 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 14:12-13 NASB
And He also went on to say to the one who had invited Him, “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, otherwise they may also invite you in return and that will be your repayment. But when you give a reception, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind…
Jesus challenged the values of His host. The Pharisee’s choice of guests was typically human but not divinely inspired. God’s preference is the sick (Mt. 9:12), the wounded (Lk. 10:25), and the poor (Mt. 5:3).
To understand discipleship, there must be a change from human nature that welcomes the successful, the rich and the family, which is really a selfish investment for an immediate return. To comprehend the issue of discipleship before God, Jesus had to effect a transformation of thinking. It is only the needy, the unable, the poor, and the ignorant that can become a disciple. The proud, the strong, the independent, and the ‘knowing’ will not qualify.