I am spending a lot of time with my parents at the moment and found myself in Luke chapter 14 Vs 25 – 27 where it says “Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple”.
Also same chapter and verse 33 says “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple”.
Is being a disciple of Christ free to us? These verses say that we have to give up everything! That is not cheap! More than this, He mentions this in the context of things that are normally the most dear to us of all—our flesh-and-blood relatives! There is no greater price a human being can pay than to give up his family, and yes, his own life! That is not cheap! That is not free!
Grace is the most costly thing that has ever been given. It was costly in terms of the life of the very Creator—the God who made everything! In return, to receive that grace, He demands that we give up our lives. It is not cheap. It is not free.
Then, how can people say it is free? Christ could not have made the cost of our obligation any clearer than He does here. No relationship ties are stronger than blood ties.
So as we go about our daily work, may I encourage us not to lose sight of the cost to God to reach out to us and allow this to have a strong influence on how we behave in that we put Him first.
As an example I had a very challenging day just a few days ago. I had an immediate and urgent family responsibility for my morther and father while on the same day had a critical work requirement.
God brought two verses to mind (1) Honour thy father and mother and (2) have respect for those in authority over you. Keeping these two most important principals most important on that day resulted in both responsibilities being deployed so both my parents and my employer received everything from me what was needed.
I give this as an example not to try to be clever but to illustrate how following Biblical principals helps us with our daily walk in sacrificing our lives to Him because in so doing He finds a way to provide a light unto our feet and a lamp to our pathway.
Every blessing to you all