In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 14:33-35 (NIV)
When people start wanting to follow Jesus, do we see Him turning to us and laying it all out? Does the Son of God want us plodding along behind Him just following the crowd? Or does He want to clear up for us what we are getting ourselves into? Does He want us to know just how serious to take Him and what He tells us? Does He want to warn us early? Is He trying to catch us before we start believing that to follow Him we won´t have to let go of much of our former selves?
Is salvation, along with an eternity to spend with God a sizable reward for us who are serious enough about following Jesus? If we have come to the conclusion that He is worth our interest, just how far are we willing to go to seek Him in our lives? Are there some things that we will need to let go of? Will we be able to follow Him and all our earthly desires too? Or if we are going to continue on this path towards knowing Him, will we have to turn away from who we once were and much of what we were about? What does Jesus teach us on the subject? What kinds of words does He use?
A little salt is good. Being a follower of Christ may be good too. But if we think we can loosely tag along behind Him without being serious about Him, what has become of us? Where can we fit in then? Should we think that the gates of Heaven will be thrown wide open to people who are not really moved in passion towards entering the family there? Do we think we will suddenly be best friends with the Son of God, if we are not that interested in Who He Is right now? If we are clinging to all the people and possessions we have right here in this world, do we really think that an amazing and shining Kingdom will be ours to inherit? If our loyalties go out first to what we have or see here, do we really believe we are making enough of the One Whom we would be marrying ourselves to for all eternity? Just how serious do we think we really are?
Does Jesus use pretty strong words to teach us of how far we should be taking our relationship with Him? Does He ask us not only to put Him first, but to lift Him up while we lower all else? Does He ask us to do this even with our very selves? Is this what we are doing with Him right now? How high do we lift Him in our lives? Are we lifting Him higher than our other priorities? Are we putting Him before family and friends? Do we go to Him before we go to even our own mental capabilities? Do we recognize that to follow Him, we need to constantly hear His opinion on what we should do, say or think? Will we need to be ever so wrapped in the deepest relationship of our lives to go to Him for all that? To follow Him in ever instant and wherever He goes, will we need to have our hand completely in His? Could we liken our dependence upon Him to a blind person being led by a caring hand? Is this how serious we should be making our relationship with Jesus Christ?
Dear Jesus, we have a choice. We could tag along behind You and think we are following You. Or we could fall in love with You and press so close, that our eyes and hearts are only filled with You. Please help us to have this serious of a relationship with You!