So, therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use for either the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. – Luke 14:33-35 ESV
In this passage, Jesus speaks firmly and candidly about what is required of anyone who would follow Him. When we consider what He has done for us (died in our place to pay the penalty due for our sin), we should listen closely to what He says it means to follow Him.
In light of this passage, have you renounced all that you have? Yikes! This is a deeply challenging question. Let’s start smaller, by simply asking: have I renounced anything at all to follow Christ? To help answer this, consider for a moment how your daily life would be different if you didn’t call yourself a believer. Would you spend money in the same way? What about your entertainment choices? Would your time be parceled-out to other pursuits? Would your coworkers, friends, and family see you in a different way?
Each of us should answer these questions and examine our hearts before God to evaluate our “saltiness” in the faith. I would suggest that if the difference between one’s life as a believer and as a non-believer comes down to a slight variation in the allocation of a couple of hours on a few Sunday mornings each month, then one has probably not renounced anything (much less “all”) to follow Christ.
Jesus offers us a narrow and challenging path to follow Him, yet it is one which will result in blessing (Matthew 7:14). Let’s walk along it together, and consider today our choices and sacrifices in becoming His disciples.
The Firehouse Church
One-Year Bible Reading
Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16
2 Corinthians 8:16-24
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