Characteristics of Disciples (Henceforth Called “followers”)

Read the following passage and give some one-word descriptions and an explanation of what following Christ involves. I’ll get the ball rolling.

(Luke 14:26-35 NCV) “If anyone comes to me but loves his father, mother, wife, children, brothers, or sisters–or even life–more than me, he cannot be my follower. {27} Whoever is not willing to carry the cross and follow me cannot be my follower. {28} If you want to build a tower, you first sit down and decide how much it will cost, to see if you have enough money to finish the job. {29} If you don’t, you might lay the foundation, but you would not be able to finish. Then all who would see it would make fun of you, {30} saying, ‘This person began to build but was not able to finish.’ {31} “If a king is going to fight another king, first he will sit down and plan. He will decide if he and his ten thousand soldiers can defeat the other king who has twenty thousand soldiers. {32} If he can’t, then while the other king is still far away, he will send some people to speak to him and ask for peace. {33} In the same way, you must give up everything you have to be my follower. {34} “Salt is good, but if it loses its salty taste, you cannot make it salty again. {35} It is no good for the soil or for manure; it is thrown away. “You people who can hear me, listen.”

One word that catches my eye first is “COST.” Following Christ will involve a price. The price? Anything that gets in the way of following Him!

What do you see in the passage?


6 responses to “Characteristics of Disciples (Henceforth Called “followers”)

  • Meowmix

    LOVE. Love of family and even life……..but loving Christ the MOST!

  • cwinwc

    “Decision” – One must make a decision as to what to do with themselves in the light of truth and love.

  • gregengland

    Of course, being the faithful coC-er I was for all those years, the first word we see in any passage is baptism! πŸ™‚

    That aside, the word that stands out to me is IF … it comes down to my choice and making the choice that rewards eternally rather than just here on earth.

  • Sonny Owens

    Greg you really should join a comedy club. You really are a funny guy. You are right again it all comes down to your choice. Sure do hate that you have made the wrong choice. Now, I said that to show how not so funny you can be.

    You will say, again, “What’s Owens’ problem?” My problem is I allow my heart to be hurt so easily. Thanks for the knife.

  • Sonny Owens

    I forgot the one word…..cross

  • sandrar

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. πŸ™‚ Cheers! Sandra. R.

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