How Jesus Defines Disciples
Many “Christians” claim to be followers of Jesus but don’t fully commit. Like expecting a “wilderness area” in Wyoming to spray for mosquitos and install escalators, they are looking for convenience instead of truth. In Luke 14:25-35, Jesus clearly defines the expectation He has for true followers of Christ.
25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.— Luke 14:25-27
- Jesus was talking to the large crowd who was following Him, not just the twelve disciples.
- Hate, in this context, means to love less. True Christians should love Jesus above all others.
- Being a true Christian is the same as being a disciple of Christ. (Acts 11:26)
- The phrase “carry their cross” references being required to carry your own cross to your execution. Here, it is a metaphor for saying goodbye to everything you know.
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.— Luke 14:28-33
- You should consider the cost of following Jesus.
- Jesus doesn’t want large crowds just for the sake of having a following. He desires a commitment.
- Jesus wants you to go “all in” in your relationship with Him.
34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
- Salt was used for many things including preserving food, seasoning food, fertilizing soil, etc.
- If Christians/Disciples lose their “saltiness,” they are of no value.