“So therefore, none of you can become my disciples if you do not give up all your possessions” Luke 14:33
Go ahead and read that verse again. Think about it. Jesus said it. Are you ready to be a disciple? Did he mean it literally? It certainly seems that way. Remember the story of the Rich young ruler who couldn’t part with his possessions and so turned away from becoming a disciple of Jesus? But what does it mean for us? Does Jesus want us to become poor? Does Jesus want us to sell everything and live on the streets? I don’t think so. Peter had a house and probably a boat too, that he returned to after three years on the road with Jesus. I think it’s probably as much about our attachment to our wealth and all things material that Jesus wants to loosen. The more attached we are to the stuff we’ve acquired the less nimble and agile we become to follow the call of Jesus. I think that’s true for individuals as well as the whole church. We may be asked to give something valuable away and we should be ready to do so. We’ll talk more about this on Sunday.
-Pastor Travis Norton
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