So Likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:33).
History records that the founding fathers of this country pledged their lives and fortunes to follow their conscience. And thus our country was born and has prospered. In our text above, we see that Christ expects a similar sacrifice from us, if we are truly to be His disciples. This tough verse seems to go contrary to other moral values that we hold, for it speaks of a dedication to purpose that tolerates no interference. For example, does it really mean that we should hate these loved ones? (v.26).
Likewise refers to two examples of counting the cost (vv.2531). In the first example Jesus speaks of a builder who starts a tower but doesnt have enough resources to finish it. As a result, the people watching the project pass judgment on the soundness of the persons vision. A second example addresses the arrogance of a leader that fights a rival with too few troops, only to have to beg for peace later.
Beyond these considerations, Jesus also states that not only must the disciple distance himself from his loved ones, but he must also deny himself (bear his cross, v.27). A disciple of Jesus must be prepared to suffer for the sake of the gospel if it comes to that. Nothing must be allowed to hinder total dedication to, or hamper sacrificial service for the King. Jesus compared would-be disciples that started to follow Him and turned back with salt which has lost its savor, good for nothing (vv.34,35).
Jesus expects disciples to make a total commitment which is without reservation. Once all rights and privileges are given up, then He returns what is necessary for the believer to comply with his responsibilities in the present life. We need to be willing to give up all for His sake. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear (v.35). KBC