( Read Luke 9: 57-62)
In Luke 9: 62, Jesus said that his disciples were to be forward-looking. But, there are some things we must take care of to do that. First, we must know our destination.
In Luke 9: 58, Jesus said that he had no place to lay his head (Luke 9: 57, 58). His followers will have the same plight (John 12: 26).
Although we are stuck in this world, we are to be not of it (John 17: 15, 16). Our citizenship is in heaven and we are to live accordingly (Colossians 3: 1-4; 1 Peter 2: 9-12), without longingly looking back into the world (Luke 9: 62).
Next, because we are not of this world, we will have to give up some things of great value. The examples in Luke 9: 59-61 mention family, which are often a person‘s most treasured asset, and rightly so.
But, in Matthew 10: 37, Jesus said that if we love our family more than him, we are not worthy of him. We are to love our families, but they are not to interfere with our obedience to Christ (Galatians 5: 7, 8).
God’s grace gives us the opportunity for salvation as a gift (Ephesians 2: 8), but there is a cost to each one in accepting the gift and becoming Jesus’ disciple. Jesus said we are to count this cost of discipleship before accepting the gift (Luke 14: 25-33).
Being a Christian means you are a disciple. The two terms are equivalent. Are you up to being a disciple of Christ, ready to count the cost, and pay the price? While there is a cost, it isn’t anything you can’t do (1 John 5: 3).