Sunday, September 4, 2016
My Lord says ... Luke 14: 25-33
Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and He turned and addressed them,
“If anyone comes to me without hating
his father and mother,
wife and children,
brothers and sisters,
and even his own life,
he cannot be my disciple."
"Whoever does not carry his own cross
and come after me,
cannot be my disciple."
Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work, the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘This is one began to build, but did not have the resources to finish.’ Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms.
“In the same way, anyone of you
who does not renounce all his possessions
cannot be my disciple.”
It’s true that there are hardships that one can experience in being a disciple of Christ. Not all people will accept the word of God. People have different beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, preferences, religion, mental capacity, emotional state, social & cultural standard and norms, family background, etc. Often times, people will reject you when the word of God is very different from what they believe in and practice. There are lots of questions that we need to ponder about to help us know what really true discipleship to us. Sample questions are as follows:
--How many times have we been rejected in our life, but in spite of it, we continue to persevere?
--How many have we failed to do the tasks being given to us?
--How many times have we said “yes” when we really mean “no” in making decisions?
--How many times have we given up or lost hope in the midst of trials or problems?
--How many times have we tried to make amends to improve our ways?
--How many times have we acted to show care or concern for family members and others?
--How many times have we humbled ourselves to accept our faults and shortcomings?
--How many times have we disregarded our own wants or desires in favor of others?
--How many times have we fought for others to defend them from any kind of attacks?
--How many times have we turned our back on others?
--How many times have we failed to practice self-denial?
--How many times have we become not merciful and compassionate to others?
--How many times have we looked down on other people?
There are still many questions to ask depending on where and what we are currently in. Our character of who we are will dictate the answer to all these questions. The choice is yours and mine to make .....
" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."
Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a