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What does it take to follow Jesus?

Radical Sayings of Jesus

Jesus demanded disciples become slaves of the Master (aka Owner). This isn’t optional even though it sounds repugnant. I am a slave of Jesus. I am totally devoted to Him.

The cost of discipleship involves a denial of all my self-interests and desires: Jesus’ followers were called “disciples” long before they were ever called “the Christians.” Their discipleship began with Jesus’ call and required them to exercise their will to follow Him (Matthew 9:9).

Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow (accompany) me’ (Matthew 16:24).

Jesus never called anyone to be a Christian. He never used the word. Jesus is my Master. I am His slave. That is the demand of discipleship. Jesus expects it all from me.

Not all of Jesus’ followers were able to make such a commitment. There were many never followed or who left Jesus after a while. “From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him” (John 6:66).

As a disciple, am I learning from Jesus? The Greek term for “disciple” in the New Testament is mathetes, which means more than just “student” or “learner.” A disciple is a “follower,” someone who adheres completely to the teachings of another, making them his rule of life and conduct. The Pharisees prided themselves in being disciples of Moses (John 9:28).

Jesus was quite explicit about the cost of following Him. Discipleship requires a totally committed life: “Any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33). I must give up everything to follow Jesus. EVERYTHING!

Jesus isn’t negotiating. I think maybe I can give up a few things (I really don’t want anyway). NOPE! That won’t work.

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