Luke 14:26-27, 33:
26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27 And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 33 So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. (NKJV)
Ryrie/ Pastor Dan Young-Candidating sermon
Hate=Love for family pales in comparison to love for Christ-not actual hate
Jesus made it clear that, when it comes to personal discipleship, He is more interested in quality than quantity. He wants His house to be filled; but in the matter of personal discipleship, He wants only those who are willing to pay the price.
A “disciple” is a learner, one who attaches himself/herself to a teacher in order to learn a trade or a subject-similar to an apprentice-one who learns by watching or doing.
Salvation is open to all who will come by faith, while discipleship is for believers willing to pay a price. Salvation means coming to the cross & trusting Jesus, while discipleship means carrying the cross & following Jesus.
Jesus wants as many sinners saved as possible, but He cautions us not to take discipleship lightly; He made it clear that there is a price to pay.
We must love Christ supremely, even more than we love our own flesh & blood. Hate here is referring “to love less”. Our love for Christ must be so strong that all other love is like hatred in comparison. We must hate our own lives & be willing to bear the cross after Him.
Carrying the cross=daily identification with Christ in shame, suffering, & surrender to God’s will. It means death to self, to our own plans & ambitions, & a willingness to serve Him as He directs. A “cross” is something we willingly accept from God as part of His will for our lives. The Christian who called his noisy neighbors the “cross” he had to bear certainly did not understand the meaning of dying to self.
Jesus gave 3 parables to explain why He makes such costly demands o His followers. The usual interpretation is that believers are represented by the man building the tower & the king fighting the war, & we had better “count the cost” before we start, lest we start & not be able to finish.
Morgan Campbell & BEC NT author believe that the builder & the king represent not the believer but Jesus- He is the one who must “count the cost” to see whether we are the kind of material He can use to build the church and battle the enemy.
He cannot get the job done with half hearted followers who will not pay the price.
-It’s one thing to believe in Jesus & another thing to be His disciple.
-If we are unwilling to forsake all and bear shame & reproach for Him & let our love for Him control us, we cannot be His disciples.
-A disciple needs a solid foundation. Do not ignore weaknesses in the foundation.