The readings for this beautiful Saturday are Amos 4 and Luke 14:25-35. I take up the challenge included in the Luke passage.
Jesus challenges His followers, “If anyone comes to me…” (14:26). There is a cost in following Jesus. We might ignore it, or water it down to something that is worthless and insipid, but Jesus spoke of the nature and necessity of discipleship. The discipleship that He spoke of was far from being either worthless or insipid.
Jesus was on the road (v.25). He was with the crowds and Jesus was warning (is that the right word?) them of what was involved in them “coming with me”.
Their issue was our issue.
One of the most urgent things we must decide is whether we will follow Christ wholly.
What is involved in us doing that?
A commitment to Jesus that places Him even above family (vs.26-27).
A conscious commitment, that looks ahead and counts the cost, and determines to carry discipleship through to completion (vs.28-33).
A continuing commitment, that once begun maintains its fervour, even as salt to be useful must maintain its savour (vs.34-35).
How hard can it be to do that, really? Extremely difficult and we cannot do it without divine help and help from our brothers and sisters in Christ. That is one of the reasons we are the part of a fellowship.
But how wise it is for us to make that conscious, continuing commitment to Jesus Christ.
Is the cost too much for you?
Have a great day,