Reading: Luke 14: 28-33
Jesus wants us to know that much is required before we commit to becoming a disciple. It will require difficult decisions that often carry a cost, the courage to stand out from the world, a singular focus to listen to Jesus’ voice above all others, and a commitment to love and serve the least and the lost. When we think we are up for the task of being a disciple, Jesus is saying, in essence, “Are you sure? Really sure?”
No one likes to begin something they cannot finish. To begin something that stalls out due to lack of time, energy, resources, or vision is frustrating and often embarrassing. So to begin a major or important project, it is essential to make sure we have all it will take to complete the task at hand.
What does it take to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? First, it takes commitment to love others more than self. Jesus spelled this out with His answer to what the greatest commandment was. He said we must first live God with all that we are and we also must love neighbor as He first loved us. Throughout the Gospels we have the example of what this looks like lived out fully in the life of Jesus himself. In the remainder of the New Testament we have numerous examples of what it looks like to live as a disciple. So what it takes is made clear in the Bible.
This is a difficult calling. It is a decision that requires much consideration. But when we accept the calling, we know that we do not walk alone. We have Jesus, our great high priest, who interceded for us before the throne of God. We have the Holy Spirit, which comes to dwell in us and to lead and guide us. And we have each other. Our fellow disciples support, encourage, teach, correct, and pray for us just as we do these things for them. As we answer the calling and walk this road of discipleship, we do not walk alone. For Jesus Christ, for the Holy Spirit, and for our fellow disciples we say thanks be to God!