In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.Luke 14:33 NIV
What does it cost to be a disciple of Jesus? According to Jesus in this verse, the cost is everything I have. And I personally find that scary. Does Jesus really expect me to give away my home, my truck, my retirement income, and my other possessions?
Jesus may call on me to give away some, or all, of what I have. But in this verse, he is calling on me to give it up, not give it away. As Jesus’ disciple, I need to give in to his control all that I have. His words here are clear, if I do not, then I cannot be his disciple.
Jesus may well leave us as stewards of our former possessions. But when he does, we need to prove faithful to him in how we manage what he has entrusted to us. If I am truly his disciple, then what I have is not mine, it is his. And I will be answerable to him for what I do with them.
Discipleship is not easy. In the extended passage (Luke 14:25-35), Jesus calls on us to consider the cost of discipleship. All too often, we think of it as no more than inviting Jesus into our hearts, and then life goes on, much as it did before. But discipleship is much more than that. It will cost me everything. Am I willing to pay the cost of discipleship? Are you?