Discipleship (Luke 14:25-35) | back
25And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them. Christ turned to the great crowds that were following Him and said.
26If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. We must put Christ first in our lives over any one or any thing. Do not listen to those who may tell you that you need to hate your parents and family to be a follower of Christ. The word "hate" used here is "miseo" (strongs #3404) in the Greek, and means "to love less."
27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. You must pick up your own cross and carry the responsibility of a true Christian. Remember that Christ was persecuted and made fun of by many non-believers. The same will happen to you if you are a true believer and teach the truth of His Word.
28For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Don't try to follow Christ without good knowledge of His Word.
29Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him. If you do not have good knowledge of the truth in the Word when spreading a seed of truth to others, they may begin to mock you. You must have a good foundation in the Word so that your seeds of truth will take root. Remember that you can only plant the seed of truth, it is up to our Heavenly Father to make it grow.
30Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. See that man over there. He started that building and ran out of money before it was finished, and the people mocked him.
31Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? What king would go to war without first sitting down with his counselors and discussing whether his army of 10,000 is strong enough to defeat the 20.,000 men marching against him.
32Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. If the decision is negative, then while the enemy troops are still far away, he will send a truce team to discuss terms of peace. Know what you are up against and prepare yourself for a hard road ahead. But, also know that Christ is with you when you follow Him!
33So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. So, no one can become my disciple, unless he first sits down and counts his blessings; and then renounces them all for me. We must always put Christ first and do it His way!
34Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? What good is salt that has lost it's saltiness?
35It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Remember as Christians that we are the salt of the earth. Flavorless salt is fit for nothing! It is worthless and must be thrown out. Just as false teachings and traditions of men; they mean nothing and should be thrown out. You must stand for something to be a disciple of Christ. Know the truth of the Word and take up your cross of salvation and wear the gospel armor, that you may stand against the wiles of the devil and ways of the world.