None can be a true disciple of Christ if he doesn’t give up all his own possessions

Our Beloved Lord said:

“If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, 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.”
“So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.”

(Luke 14:26,27,33)

None can be a true disciple of Christ if he does not give up all his own possessions. If you’re still attached to the world, you can’t be a true disciple of Christ.

And this means that Salvation is by Grace alone through living faith alone in Christ alone.

Grace be with you!
Disciple of Jesus Christ

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4 Responses to None can be a true disciple of Christ if he doesn’t give up all his own possessions

  1. Dear brother!

    I thank the Lord for you and your useful posts. The only way for all of us to understand, is to interact. I wish to elaborate a bit more about the first verse you quoted:

    “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:26)

    We must clarify what the Lord Jesus meant when He used the word “hate”, if not, some may think that He is contradicting Himself when He commands us to LOVE in most part of His ministry and message.

    Hating our loved ones and even our own lives means loving them and our own person less than the Lord. Jesus wants us to love Him and be totally devoted to Him to the point where it will look like we hate the others and ourselves comparing to the love and devotion we have for Him.

    And only then can we be a true disciple of Christ. We cannot have both, the world and Christ.

    Grace to you,

    Christservant.

  2. Sister Christservant, thank you for your interesting comment.

    Well, actually Jesus never taught us to love anything in the world. He taught us to HATE the world.

    It was not before worldly Christians gave a wrong meaning to God’s love that Christians began to think that it is wrong to hate! God always does not have any attachment to evil men:

    “The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity. (Psalm 5:5)

    I hate those who regard vain idols, But I trust in the LORD.” (psalm 31:6)

    The whole matter becomes clearer when we remember that there are three words in Greek for “love”: Agape, Phila, and eros. Agape is the unconditional love that gives and gives and never expects anything in return. Phila is the friendly affection that gives but expects something in return. Eros is the sexual feeling that only wants to fulfill its pleasures and never gives anything.

    When the Bible says that God loved the world, and when Jesus tells us to love everyone, the word Agape is used. This means we will love the world, even our enemies, and do good to them and do everything useful to them. But it is not necessary that we have a heart affection (phila) for them. For instance, you can’t have a heart affection for your enemies or for those who walk in sin. And yet, you should love them (agape) sincerely and do good to them and pray for them.

    When Jesus tells us about not loving or hating the world and everything that is in the world, He means the opposite of phila or affectionate love. It is good to have affections for our father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters and for our life. But if this affection is not in agape love, is not unconditional but is selfish, so if it is not in Christ, then it is sinful and purely worldly, and it doesn’t let us be totally attached to Christ alone. This kind of affections will prove to be fatal for our relationship with Christ. If a person that we cherish a lot is against Christ and faith in Him, he will have much influence on us, and we will deny Christ for him. And this is a strong hindrance to discipleship. That’s why a person cannot be a disciple of Christ if he affectionately loves and doesn’t hate all those worldly relationships. If a person is attached to his life, then he will deny Christ when his life is threatened. And we all know what the Lord says about those who deny Him and are ashamed of Him and of His words before the world (see Mark 8:38).

    Therefore, the Lord concludes:

    So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.” (Luke 14:33)

    If you are affectionately attached to anything in this world, you can’t be a true disciple of Christ.

    Grace be with you!
    Disciple of Jesus Christ

  3. Christservant says:

    Peace of the Lord be with you, dear brother in Christ!

    The above study was very deep and you clarified some of the points that needed more elaboration.

    I wanted to share one more important point and that is, when a person repents and comes to Christ, leaving behind their sinful and worldly life, they are now born of the Spirit, therefore, they are no longer interested in the life they were previously leading.

    I encourage every new believer to stand firm and not worry about their past relationships, whether family or friends, but to focus on the new love and devotion they have for the Lord.

    If they are to lose their old connections, I urge them to remain strong in their faith and trust what the Lord had promised when He said:

    (Matt 19:29) “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.”

    And the Lord always keeps His promises, He will give us many times as much as we have given up for Him.

    I can testify of that as I have experienced it myself not that long ago.

    To Him all the praise and glory, Amen!

    Christservant

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