The Disciple’s Challenge: Choosing Christ Above All Else

Published on Nov 20, 2023
Category: Devotion

Luke 14:25-26
Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.

Who cannot be a disciple of Jesus? While we frequently encounter discussions on the requirements for becoming a disciple of Christ, let’s take a moment in this post to examine criteria that disqualify us from being His disciple.

Jesus had just explained that coming to God was like accepting an invitation (Luke 14:16-24), He is now quick to add that there is more. Being faithful and obedient to Christ, needed to take priority over other relationships, even the closest ones. Our Lord founded a way of love, not of hate, He uses the strong word hate here. He wanted us to understand the great difference that was needed between our allegiance to Christ and our allegiance to everyone and everything else.

Our passions are a good indicator of where our hearts truly are. Many of us believe in Jesus but don’t know what it means to be a disciple. A true disciple comes to Him without reservation, setting Christ as Lord, the topmost priority in one’s life. We are to move from religion to relationship. We are to come close to Him, love Him with all our hearts, and learn of Him. The relationship of a disciple is one of true, commitment to Christ, rather than just a surface-level adherence to religion.

Simply put, if Christ is not the absolute priority of our lives, above people (even our parents, children, or spouse), our careers, studies, or anything else that takes priority over Him, then we cannot be a disciple of Jesus. A disciple is one whose eyes are fixed on Jesus and it is all about Him and His agenda.

Are you a disciple of Jesus? Is Give Me Jesus above all else, your aim and song too?

Lord help me intentionally choose you above else, each day.


Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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