“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. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be my disciple.” - Luke 14:26-27
To those who would follow the Lord Jesus and be his disciple there are certain requirements given by Jesus. Firstly He says we must hate our relatives and our own lives.
Surely He taught we should love, now He says we must “hate”. What Jesus is really saying, is that love for Him must supersede all other loves. We should not love any loved one, no matter how close they are to us, more than we love Him. All other loves must be viewed as hate in comparison to our love for the Lord Jesus.
There is no place for selfishness when you become a true disciple of the Lord Jesus.
There is a cost and that is why Jesus refers to the cross we will bear. It’s not His cross because we could never bear that, because we could never redeem ourselves from our sin. That was the sacred mission of Jesus.
Our cross is an indication that we will follow Him whether it is comfortable or whether it is hard. God may call you to work among prisoners. It may not be as comfortable as being a witness in an office, but it is the cross that you will carry.
When people mock you or laugh at you because of your faith and even threaten you with violence – that’s your cross that you are called to bear.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that discipleship is a commitment for life and I purpose today, surrendering my life to You always, to follow You with all my heart.