33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
To be a disciple of Jesus is equally blissful while at the same time equally difficult. In the preceding verses (starting at 25) Luke employs two illustrations to demonstrate that Jesus taught discipleship includes planning and sacrifice. The first illustration concerned a tower (vv. 28–30). Before a person begins to build, he should be sure he will be able to pay the full cost of the project. Jesus’ followers must also be sure they are willing to pay the full price of discipleship.
The second illustration concerned a king who went out to battle. The king should be willing to sacrifice a desired victory if he senses he is unable to win. This principle of sacrifice is also important in the realm of discipleship: one must be willing to give up everything for Jesus. The people during Jesus’ time who were following Jesus throughout the countryside of Israel had done just that. They had given up possessions and employment, knowing that the message Jesus was proclaiming was the most important thing on earth.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Think of anyone you know who is an essential worker and spend time praying for their specific needs. You could even message them and ask if they would like prayer for anything in particular. Pray for energy and perseverance for essential workers as they continue to serve in their contexts.