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THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP

June 18, 2015

Thursday

 

Luke 14:26

 

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.i
 

LESSON

 

Curiosity is one thing, but discipleship is another. There were many people who were accompanying Jesus who were not really following Him in the sense of learning from Him. They simply wanted to benefit from His ministry. Jesus mentioned two qualifications for being His disciple. First, one must be willing to give up his or her primary allegiance to family and self. Second, a disciple must bear the burden of public identification with Jesus, even to death if necessary.

Jesus gave us the example of true discipleship – to forsake all, to follow, & to Love one another. Our world tends to work to dilute the real message. However, if we can take hold of the basic truths, we can remain faithful to Jesus’ instructions. Jesus set standards high for His disciples. “If anyone will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up cross and follow me.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 11:1

 

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