“If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, 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.” Luke 14:26-27
As Jesus continues his way to Jerusalem, his description of what a disciple is becomes more challenging. His journey, He knew, would lead to the Cross; but those who followed thought he was on His way to an earthly kingship. The contrast is stark. To be a disciple of Christ means we must not seek the things the the world values, or even to see our relationships as the world sees them. All must have Christ as their compass. That even the love we have for those closest to us cannot be more than the love we must have for Him. It is this love that compels a missionary to leave all to follow into the most rugged regions of the world to serve God in the poor. Or to risk their name, wealth, resources to defend the defenseless.
It is to this we must count the cost. To calculate what it will cost us, and follow anyway. Let us ask the Lord to show us today how He wishes us to follow in discipleship. May we have the strength and courage to see all other pursuits as nothing in comparison to this invitation.
May God bless you.