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Jesus lays out the terms of discipleship. There were great crowds following Him. Everyone loved the miracles, healing, and free food. Jesus was cool, the talk of the town, and the latest fad. But He knew their hearts. He knew they desired the benefits of what He did rather than an understanding of who He was. They loved His gifts, not the life He was calling them to. So He explained what it takes to be one of His followers.

If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a 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 out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

Luke 14:26-33

Jesus ended His description of the cost of discipleship with a breathtaking statement: “Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33).

  • “Renouncing” may mean we give up something physically, but more often it means we let go emotionally so that what we possess no longer possesses us.
  • When we become one of His, we cannot continue to belong to this world.
  • We must make a choice, for we cannot serve both God and Mammon.
  • The rich young ruler, when confronted with that choice, turned his back on Jesus.

Following Jesus will cost us everything. Nothing is excluded. PERIOD.

  • Matthew 16:24 (CSB) — 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
  • Matthew 10:38 (CSB) — 38 And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
  • Luke 14:27 (CSB) — 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.