#58 The Disciple and the Kingdom
Posted: Thursday, May 4th, 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 14:33 NASB
So then none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
Jesus’ prayer of John 17:10 – “All things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine…”
The whole conflict (human and satanic) of the world is for ownership…not just rulership, but actual ownership. The disciple takes God’s side that He owns all by relinquishing the rights of ownership—of people, things, positions and places.
This is the cross: to divest yourself of ownership.
Then the wonder is this: when God owns ALL, then ALL He owns is ALL yours.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The ‘poor’ is one who owns/possesses nothing. The kingdom has everything and only the poor (beggarly) in spirit enjoy its citizenship. Most want the kingdom without the deep personal poverty that is its condition. It does not say that the poor ENTER the kingdom; it says “theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” All the glory and riches of the kingdom belongs to the one who will “give up all his possessions.”
This is simply following the Lord Jesus.