Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
Luke 14:33 “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
Mark 10:21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Matthew 19:29 “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.
Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Webster’s old 19th century dictionary describes a disciple as, a follower; an adherent to the doctrines of another. Hence the constant attendants of Christ were called his disciples; and hence all Christians are called his disciples, as they profess to learn and receive his doctrines and precepts. What did Jesus have to say to me about those that wanted to be a follower of His? The Words of Jesus tell me I should deny myself and take up my cross. He wants me to be completely committed to Him to the point of even violent death. Peter denied Jesus three times even after claiming he would die for Jesus, and he eventually did die for Jesus. If I am ever called to die for Jesus, I pray I will obey the call. Dying for Him would be the ultimate of denying myself, and showing my love for Him. If called to, I should be willing to give up all my possessions. When Jesus called his first 12 disciples, they walked away from everything and followed Him. My attitude should be, it all belongs to God, I am just a steward of His. He may not call me to leave where I am at, and leave loved ones like He did Abraham, but I should be ready to do so if He asks. Relative to my love for Jesus I should hate even my close family members. This sounds harsh but I have learned from the Word that if I have this kind of love for Jesus they will be more blessed from Jesus and me, if they accept it. There are many passages in God’s Word that describe how I should treat others, if I am His disciple. I don’t need to be concerned about what God ask me to do, or give, because He has promised to take care of me in this life and for all eternity.
I pray I will continue to live up to the definition of Your disciple, Thank you Jesus for making me one.