Give up everything

“And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me …” That is, bear the cross that I am to be nailed to. That is, simply said, to help with my own crucifixion!

I am now to be crucified with Christ; I am to be put to death, and then I am to help, myself. I am to really, really want this myself. “And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Now He’s said it twice.

And then verse 33: “Likewise, … he cannot be My disciple.” This is His invitation to be admitted to His school, after having been converted. The third time, and with that, everything is covered. And here it’s written completely differently; absolutely differently, and it includes everything else. “So likewise, whoever of you …” This was those who had come to Him and were following Him. He says, “… they cannot be My disciple [or be His student or be admitted to His school] if he does not forsake all that he has.” A. L. L. All that he has.  (Luke 14:26-33.)

Food for thought

“Give up everything”: What is the condition for becoming a disciple of Jesus – and what does that mean?

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