DEVOTED DISCIPLESHIPIn Jesus’ day, men chose the teacher to train under. Jesus chose His “students” (“disciples”) to train—twelve men were in His inner core (Matthew 10:2-4).
These men came to appreciate that to follow this Master involved a central element of discipleship—sacrifice. Yes, these men left everything to follow Him.
This was a pivotal issue for one “teacher of the law” who came to Jesus saying— ““Teacher, I will follow wherever you go”” (Matthew 8:19b). Jesus told him that the ““Son of man has no place to lay his head”” (vs.20b).
Another man asked to follow, but needed first to bury his father (vs.21). Jesus posed this challenge--““Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead”” (vs.22). On another occasion Jesus said this—
““…anyone who does not take up his cross and follow me is not
worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever
loses his life for my sake will find it.”” (10:38-39)
Jesus made it clear—a disciple’s heart was not to be divided. The “cross” was the ultimate symbol of total commitment…even to death.
OUR STORY: Jesus wants our full heart—in reverence and service to Him.