Day 17 | The ConditionPosted on January 25th, 2012.
Luke 14:25-33 (NKJV)
Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it – lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
The Spirit declares in Ecclesiastes 7:8a, “the end of a thing is better than its beginning;” Jesus was regularly being followed by the multitudes. They love him. Why wouldn’t they? He heals the sick. He restores those rejected. He feeds the masses. He taught, encouraged and corrected. The people are learning more about God than ever before. Yet Jesus is not after popularity. He is not running for a political office. He is focused on his God given assignment. He weighs it and it is heavy but He knows God is empowering him to carry the load.
He turns to the crowd and causes them to consider their own call of God. Big crowds like to stay anonymous. We hide in a crowd because we don’t have personal accountability. Jesus makes a heavy statement. He says that they cannot sustain a connection with him unless he is first in their life .To be a disciple of Christ you have to be absolutely devoted. It’s a lifestyle that shouts, ” I live for Jesus and God is my only option”. It’s not about living a good life as a Christian. Christianity is not designed to simply make things easier on the earth. It’s not a get rich or popular program. Christianity is about Jesus. It’s about Jesus giving his life to restore our relationship with God. It’s about living with God in peace forever. What is that worth? Everything. Weigh it. Take a moment to realize what’s at stake. Commit to do what ever it takes to please the Lord.
Identify any areas of compromise in your life. Things you do that weaken or separate you from your relationship with God. Ask yourself a question? Is this how a true disciple of Jesus Christ would think, speak or act. If not, then stop. It’s not worth your position with Christ. Always remember to value your position in the kingdom as much greater than momentary pleasure on the earth.