Tuesday, May 12th, 2009 | Author:

Welcome to the Word for Wednesday meme. I hope you’ll decide to particpate.

Just pick a scripture passage that means something to you right now, copy it into a post with as much or as little commentary as you choose, and put a link to that post in Mr. Linky below. It’s that easy, and you may never know whose heart God touched because you took the time to share His Word.

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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 carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.

So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions. Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear. (Luke 14:26-35)

“He cannot be My disciple.” How many of us meet this test? How many of us have truly relegated all our possessions and relationships to second place behind following Christ? How many of us have given our very lives to following Christ?

According to this passage, Christians who will not calculate and pay the price bring ridicule to Jesus’ name. According to this passage, half-hearted, tasteless Christians are useless.

Are you a real disciple?

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4 Responses
  1. Jim Wetzel says:

    “Are you a real disciple?”Putting aside both false modesty and my natural tendency to vainglory, I’d have to weasel out and say that your question is a hard one to answer. I can certainly see ways in which I could, and should, be a much more real disciple than I am; I can also see ways in which I could (and should not) be a much more imaginary disciple than I am. I wonder if some of this is to be understood in terms of 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 (having been there recently myself, it comes back to mind easily). As usual, though, Jesus (“gentle Jesus, meek and mild”) seems much more severe than Paul does.

    Interesting post! But I think we’ve fallen a little out-of-sync this week. :-)

  2. akaGaGa says:

    I think it can be hard to answer if we’re looking at works, as your reference points out, because none of us gets it right all the time. I guess I was thinking more about the state of our hearts, and our willingness to follow even when we pay a price, sometimes costly.

    I think most Christians today when faced with a choice, don’t even recognize the choice and follow their own desires.

    Then again, as we’re out of sync this week (I’ll go now to see how far) maybe I’m just in a cynical state of mind.

  3. Hercules Mulligan says:

    Great post!

    I guess the proper way to answer the question would be to do two things:

    (1) Test yourself to see if you are in the faith.

    (2) Make the determination to take up your cross and follow Christ, and be ready to leave everything behind in a moment’s notice.

    We don’t always do this perfectly. Sometimes we get caught up in the moment, in the things that happen in our lives. BUT, these words of Jesus exhort us not to be content with that state, but to press onward to perfection.

    For my part, I am ready to make that determination.

    Thank you for this exhorting post. I posted mine; a bit late though; it’s been another busy time.

  4. akaGaGa says:

    Hmmm, I like your two-part approach, Herky. I’m gonna chew on that one for a while.

    And late is better than never, so I’m off to check out your post. :)