Read Luke 14:25-35.
Devotion by: Sean Gallagher
Exacting Nature of Discipleship
There’s something about newsworthy events that get people’s attention, isn’t there? When a fight breaks out, there’s always a group of people surrounding the brawl. People crane their necks to check out a car crash as they drive past on the freeway. You can always count on seeing groups of onlookers at the scene of a crime. And celebrities always seem to draw a crowd. People always want to know what’s going on, even if they don’t want to be a part of the action. We love being fans. We usually aren’t interested in taking it any further.
Today’s passage finds Jesus addressing that very thing. A crowd of fans followed Him everywhere He went. People were very curious to see what all the hype was all about. Jesus explained to them that truly following Him was costly. He encouraged people to either go deeper or turn back.
Just like most onlookers don’t stop to help out at a car crash, get too close to the scene of a crime, or become good friends with their favorite celebrity, most people who encounter Jesus don’t go much further. They aren’t willing to risk their lives.
Even people who call themselves Christians would rather blend into the world than to stand out and fulfill the mission to which they’ve been called. They’re “flavorless salt.” We have to be careful not to let that happen to us!