July 10, 2013
“One day when large groups of people were walking along with him, Jesus turned and told them, “Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple. Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple.” Luke 14:25-27
On first glance Jesus seems harsher than all the Laws he was accused of breaking. It just seems unnatural to “let go” of those closest to your heart. And the hardest person of all to “let go” is yourself. Jesus isn’t telling you to abandon anyone. He’s just offering you the real secret of how to really love: letting go so God can take hold. The Father “let go” of his Son so you could become a “disciple” … a follower of Christ. The Son “let go” of his Father so that you know that He knows what “shouldering your cross” is all about. It looks different in each one of us .. but it is exactly and always the same cross that we carry as we follow Jesus. What do you need to “let go” of so you can follow Him today? What are the “dearest” things of your life: people .. plans .. places .. possessions? Jesus asks you and me that ever-patient .. ever-probing .. ever-reaching question: ARE YOU LISTENING? REALLY LISTENING? He’s not trying to corner you or condemn you. He offering to free your life so you can follow Him. It only takes a moment …
“Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple. Salt is excellent. But if the salt goes flat, it’s useless, good for nothing. “Are you listening to this? Really listening?” Luke 14:33-34
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Salt-sources of grace and friends of Priority One (Kchesterp1@gmail.com) Thanks to Jeff Malesovas for the gift of letting go!