THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
Today’s gospel: Luke 14:25-33
Today one-third of the world population profess to be Christian.
“Great crowds were traveling with him” (v.25a).
But how many are truly Christian? The Philippines is 92-94%
Christian and a great majority of those are Catholics. But
many are not living as true Christians. Who are authentic
Christians? They are those who are true disciples of Jesus.
And who are those?
himself gives the answer, by telling us who are not
or cannot be his disciples. In today’s passage,
Jesus gives 3 criteria.
“If any one comes to me without hating his father and
mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even
his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” (v.26). Whoa!
Are we to hate our relatives, those closest to our hearts?
I thought we were supposed to love them? What Jesus means
is that if we are to be his disciples, then he is the priority.
Oftentimes well-intentioned Christians are unable to serve
him because of their concern for their families, because they
devote all their time and energy to their loved ones. Actually,
when we decide to serve Christ, we certainly will not be neglecting
our families, as that is part of Jesus’ intent for us.
But we look to Jesus our Master to tell us how we are to divide
our time and energy. In everything, God first.
“In the same way, everyone of you who does not renounce
all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” (v.33).
Whoa! How will we eat, or provide for our loved ones, or even
do mission? Well, Jesus wants all these for us. But we must
not be attached to them, we must not spend our time and energy
in just pursuing them, and we must not allow them to replace
Jesus in our hearts. As Jesus has said, you cannot serve God
and mammon. A disciple recognizes that he is just a steward
of what God allows him to possess. He is not ruled by possessions.
Being freed of a desire for possessions, he is now able to
serve the Master in any way.
“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after
me cannot be my disciple.” (v.27). Whoa! How about comfort
and convenience, the good things in life, the little (and
hopefully big) pleasures in life? Well, the prosperity gospel
is a false gospel, as the authentic gospel is the gospel of
the cross. An authentic disciple will encounter difficulties,
suffering, pain, persecution. One who shuns hardships thus
cannot become a true disciple. We follow in the footsteps
of the Master, and those steps lead all the way to the cross.
knows what can keep a disciple from truly and fully following
him. Family, possessions and comfort are not bad things, but
they are things that can keep one from giving his all to Jesus
and his mission. Jesus will not deprive us of these good things,
but we must decide that our first and only priority is Jesus,
period. An authentic disciple is called to total dedication
and commitment to the Master. Then it will be up to him to
give us these good things.
you a true disciple of Jesus? Be realistic in assessing the
costs (see v.28-32).