Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:25-27
a. There’s no such thing as an instant disciple
“The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.” Acts 11:26
b. A commitment to Christ is costly
c. Discipleship according to our Savior must involve death to self
“I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24
“A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are outside asking for you.’ Mark 3:32
a. Extremes of family
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Mark 3:33
“Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” Mark 3:34
b. The family is foundational but following Christ must come first.
“Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. Mark 10:29-30
Do you wonder if you can really be a part of God’s family because of your family background.
The word for you is hope.
You can become part of God’s family.
The least likely person can be the brother or sister of Jesus. :
“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1:12-13