A Couple of Serious Questions…

First serious question:
 
“Would you abandon all to follow and imitate Jesus as His disciple?”
 
…because that’s big part of what it means to “believe in” or “have faith in” Jesus.
 
Jesus told the rich young ruler:
 
“You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Luke 18:22).
 
Don’t get hung up on selling everything and giving the money to poor; that’s what it meant for this man to abandon all to follow and imitate Jesus as His disciple.
 
It means something different for everyone to abandon all and imitate Jesus as His disciple. It might mean that you sell everything and give the money to the poor. But it might mean you have to abandon something or someone else in order to follow and imitate Jesus as His disciple.
 
It might mean you abandon your previous religious or theological beliefs. It might mean you abandon your political beliefs. It might mean you abandon romantic or sexual relationships. You might have to abandon a lifestyle or activities. It might mean that you abandon a job. You might have to abandon a place. You might have to abandon friends or family.  It could be any number or combinations of things that you must walk away from in order to follow and imitate Jesus as His disciple.
 
Here’s why you shouldn’t get hung up on having to sell stuff and give the money to the poor: …one of these other things might be even more valuable to you than money. It might would be easy for you to sell everything and give the money to the poor; but you can’t give up one of these other things in order to follow and imitate Jesus as His disciple.
 
But the simple question is: “Whatever it is that you have to abandon, are you willing to abandon it all in order to follow and imitate Him as His disciple?”
 
And here is the second serious question:
 
“Are you willing to be held accountable for your decision to follow and imitate Jesus as His disciple; …by both God and other disciples of Jesus.”
 
Because, if you are not willing to be held accountable, then you are probably not truly willing to abandon all in order to follow and imitate Jesus as His disciple.
 
When Jesus commanded the rich young ruler to follow Him as His disciple; there would have to be physical evidence in the fact that the man would actually have to sell his possessions, give the money to the poor, and then physically follow Jesus.
 
If you answered, “Yes, that you would abandon all in order to follow and imitate Jesus as His disciple;” then would you first go to God and ask Him to hold you accountable to that decision?
 
Then, would you go to a mature disciple-maker and tell them that you have made a commitment to abandon whatever you must in order to follow and imitate Jesus as His disciple?
 
If not, why?
 
After the rich young ruler walked away from Jesus, one of His true disciples, Peter, said:
 
“We have left all we had to follow you!” (Luke 18:28).
 
This is because earlier, Jesus had said to these same disciples:
 
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. […] In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples” (Luke 14:26-33).
 
So once again:
 
“Would you abandon all to follow and imitate Jesus as His disciple?”
 
And then:
 
“Are you willing to be held accountable for your decision to follow and imitate Jesus as His disciple; …by both God and other disciples of Jesus.”
 
If you don’t know any disciples of Jesus who are willing and able to teach you to follow and imitate Jesus as His disciple; and will hold you accountable to do so; feel free to visit us at His Words His Ways Fellowship. Our location is here.
 
If you would first like to know more about why it is so important to imitate Jesus as His disciple, start with our Four Principles of Discipleship.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to email us at HWHWF1@outlook.com