Here are several things to consider about being a disciple of Jesus:

To be a disciple means giving up comforts and earthy security.To be a disciple means a life of denying self so that Christ is exalted.
To be a disciple means the enmity and the ridicule of the world.
To be a disciple means forsaking ALL to follow the Lord Jesus!

The terms of being a disciple of Jesus Christ are given in the Scriptures…primarily in the Gospels.

Let’s look at Luke 14:25-35 today.

25 Now large crowds were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them, 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. 27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
34 “Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? 35 It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Think about this statement: Not all Christians are disciples.

Are you?  Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ?  Do you recognize that Jesus is indeed Lord of all? Have you counted the cost of being a disciple?  Have you recognized the Lord’s rightful place in your life?  He is SUPREME!  He is FIRST!  Jesus is before all things (Colossians 1:17)…before family, spouse, children, jobs, career, sports, entertainment, pleasure, and EVERYTHING else.

More to come…

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