A civilized competition between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs is seen in short commercials of two guys just sarcastically talking to each other. There names: Mr. PC and Mr. Mac.
I am sure many of you are very much familiar with what I am talking about. There seemed to be a similarity between the two but the difference is too far out. Like the difference between a lightning and a lightning bug! (I know what some of you are thinking: what is the diff between blue and green? Sorry, but I don’t have enough space).
I am talking about the diff between a so-called “christian” and a true follower of Christ.
Jesus Christ Himself has given us something that would be enough to put a wedge between existing relationships.
Between the real and the not-so-real.
Luke 14:26-27“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters — yes, even his own life — he cannot be my disciple. And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
Does that sound exclusive? No. It is not about exclusivity.
It is about discipleship.
I could not think or even imagine anything more important than my relationships with my father, mother, and my siblings growing up.
But when I was exposed to this passage of Scripture, it made me realize that there was something even higher.
As a Christ-follower, my relationship with others is second best.
If that is resolved, then this will make sense…
Luke 14:27 “And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
Discipleship can not be discipleship without the cross of Christ. The cross that represents death to ‘self’.
Being a true disciple does not only mean that we have to forgo of other relationships in light of Christ having the first spot in our lives, but also we have to forget self to become one.
Sounds foolish? Yes and no. Yes, in the eyes of the world. No, because to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Cor 1.18b).
Let’s go home with this one big idea then:
A true disciple gives Christ first place in their lives always.
If you ask me, how would it look like if a so-called christian and a Christ-follower were caught talking to each other?
Let’s watch this and enjoy!